A message from the UN Secretary-General
The UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly convened a High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals at UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2008. At the halfway point towards the target date, significant progress has been made, but urgent and increased efforts are needed by all stakeholders in order to meet the Goals by 2015. The High-level Event is a forum for world leaders to review progress, identify gaps, and commit to concrete efforts, resources and mechanisms to bridge the gaps. By asking world leaders to announce their specific plans and proposals, the High-level Event aims to help accelerate implementation and follow-through. Moreover, the Event is sending a message to the Doha Review Conference from the highest political level, on strengthening the global partnership for development and building consensus on financing for development.