|MDG Summit Cape Town 2012|
|Written by Dennis S Jubane - Managing Director VRS Media Ltd|
|Saturday, 18 June 2011 16:06|
As the preparations for the MDG Summit in Cape Town Next year progress, one thing is certain and thats the business interest in this event.
The Private sector is now a vital partner in creating economic and social development. Business can no longer operate in isolation from the problems that impact society as a whole.
With just a few more years to the target year for the MDGs, clearly it is a known fact by now that engagement of the private sector has been left to the final lap of the journey.
Progress towards development targets, exemplified in the United Nations Development Goals, will be limited without the active support of business.
As recognized in recent research and dialogues, today's companies are key to ensuring sustainable development, both through innovative corporate responsibility initiatives and wealth creation. Many companies come to mind that continue to play a significant part in CSR and poverty alleviation programs in areas they work in.
The spread of diseases such as HIV & AIDS, the scourge of terrorism, or environmental damage are some challenges that can no longer be ignored by one sector or region of the world.There is growing recognition of these shared problems, prompting innovative approaches to find shared solutions.
Nowhere are the signs more ominous than in sub-Saharan Africa, the world's poorest and least developed region. Africa entered the new millennium with the highest poverty and child mortality rates, and the lowest school enrolment figures in the world. Child mortality rates in Africa changed little during the 1990s, due largely to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which eroded the gains in infant and maternal health made by some countries. Much the same can be said for Africa's primary school enrolments, which rose from a world low of 56 per cent in 1991 to just 59 percent a decade later. This is also partly a result of HIV/AIDS, which has forced many children, particularly girls, to withdraw from school to care for sick relatives and has reduced families' ability to pay school fees.
The MDG exhibition and Summit in May next year is being held right in the heart of one of the key players in Africa - South Africa. A lot of positive gains have been realised by South Africa towards the MDGs. We have invited some of the institutions, both private and government such as the Ministry or ICT, Agriculture, Water & Sanitation to mention but a few. The invitation is to have them play a key role at this event.
We have also invited The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) a programme of the African Union (AU) to also come and share their views on the regions position on the MDGs and how business can engage.
With over four thousand square meters of exhibition and networking space, organisations can go that extra mile to showcase their MDG footprint and exhange ideas on success stories.
Our program team is busy compiling a high level panel of speakers that will steer the MDG challenge discussions in areas such as;
NGOs and charities can enjoy free access to all these sessions and be a part of these discussions.
There are a lot of opportunities for organisations that want to either sponsor the event, gala dinner or a specific MDG Goal. More information on how to do this is available on our website www.mdgsummit.org
As South Africa’s second largest economic hub, Cape Town and the Western Cape is fast becoming one of the most popular national and international destinations for meetings, conventions and incentive gatherings. A condition helped along by it being an accessible and convenient business destination served by many international airlines and domestic carriers flying to and from Cape Town International Airport.
Exhibition space, sponsorship packages and delegate passes are limited, to avoid missing out on this high level gathering do get in touch as soon as possible or register for our informative newsletter to keep you posted on developments.
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