The United Nations Secretary General has invited Africa Rice Center Director General Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck to lead a Round-table discussion on Poverty and Hunger on 25 September 2008 at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA.
The Round-table discussion is being held as part of a High-level event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is being convened by the President of the General Assembly and the UN Secretary General.
This High-level Event is of particular significance given that since 2000, the MDGs have provided a global framework to tackle the world’s most urgent developments challenges by 2015. It will be a forum for world leaders to review progress, identify gaps, and commit to concrete efforts, resources and mechanisms to bridge the gaps.
“This gathering will bring together world leaders, representatives of the private sector and our civil society partners to discuss specific ways to energize our efforts. I expect the meeting will also send a strong message that governments are ready to rise to the financing for development challenge,” stated the Secretary General.
On receiving the invitation, Dr Seck said, “I strongly believe that this is an honor for every member of the Africa Rice Center family and a great recognition of Africa Rice Center’s contribution to African development.”