The United Nations General Assembly for 2012 is now coming to a conclusion. For those of us unable to attend in person, the UNGA website is worth spending some time browsing the speeches and actions taken -

In July 2012, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon appointed a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. The importance of this panel can not be understated! The world can end poverty by applying the lessons learned since 2001 when the Millennium Development Goals were first enacted.

One of the aims of this post is to urge continuing actions to bring neighborhoods together to discuss problems facing the community, and urge coordinated actions to address these issues.

Networking and using modern internet platforms (like World Pulse) are clearly the way forward for the grassroots to bring awareness of the problems facing us to our global leadership. The complete high-level panel is provided below. Let them know how your community is doing....

The Secretary-General has appointed three co-Chairs:   - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; and - Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.  

Panel members includes: - Fulbert Gero Amoussouga (Benin) - Vanessa Petrelli Corrêa (Brazil) - Yingfan Wang (China) - Maria Angela Holguin (Colombia) - Gisela Alonso (Cuba) - Jean-Michel Severino (France) - Horst Kohler (Germany) - Naoto Kan (Japan) - Queen Rania of Jordan (Jordan) - Betty Maina (Kenya) - Abhijit Banerjee (India) - Andris Piebalgs (Latvia) - Patricia Espinosa (Mexico) - Paul Polman (Netherlands) - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria) - Elvira Nabiullina (Russian Federation) - Graça Machel (South Africa) - Sung-Hwan Kim (Republic of Korea) - Gunilla Carlsson (Sweden) - Emilia Pires (Timor-Leste) - Kadir Topbaş (Turkey) - John Podesta (United States) - Tawakel Karman (Yemen) - Amina J. Mohammed (ex officio)

For further information, contact Charlotte Scaddan, United Nations Department of Public Information, tel.:  +1 917 367 9378; e-mail:  For details about the post-2015 process, visit:

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This is good information for us, but I have some questions about this.

For those of us who are not aware of the names of organizations, it is difficult to know what UNGA stands for, sorry. Please laugh, but answer! hahaha.

We, the ones who ignore what these institutions are doing, would also like to know what kind of approach they will use to make women be the real leaders of their own growth.

For instance, how much money is being invested in different projects? Are women in charge of executing the funds? Because to me, even though women are the ones receiving benefits, they still are not the ones in charge of using the money for their own growth. So it is important to start thinking that, if we are half the population, we need to run half the projects, hehe.

Nice to meet you William, and sorry for being so ignorant about what you are doing.



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America

Halo Jacqueline,

Si prefiera, se puede leer todos en espanol I clearly recommend you contact the UN directly, using either English or Spanish which are 2 of the 6 official UN languages, and begin to utilize the general UN website - It has links to lots of organization that you will want to become familiar with.

The UN General Assembly meets each year in New York at the end of September for a week long series of meetings with world leaders. This year, before the meeting the Secretary General established the high level panel to help set directions for after the end of the Millennium Development Challenge (2001-2015). It is really essential to highlight the work of this panel, AND make sure you provide input about the needs of your community.

Good news regarding involving women substantively in global issues. The UN now has a relatively new organization - UN WOMEN with a powerful woman leader at the head who is helping to bring gender issues to the forefront. Clearly there is a need for not be passive and press forward awareness efforts to get more women involved.

The UN is a giant and very complex organization. Please feel free to post any questions you may have and continue this discussion.

HI William,

How right you are that the goals of the UNGA's development panel should be information that is decimated through 'networking and using modern internet platforms'. I look forward to reading carefully the speeches etc. that you have shared through this post. Many thanks.

To really end world poverty it seems that the goals should be shouted out at every street corner, empowering community members and leaders to take action and experience ownership for positive change in their own communities.

There always seems to be a gap between 'High-level Panels' and individuals on the ground.

Thank You for sharing this infomation!


For me, poverty is one of the major challenges hindering women from attaining their rights fully. Poverty renders women powerless, it makes them vulnerable to all kinds of abuses, and denies them the liberty to enjoy their freedoms.

The World Bank estimated 1.29 billion people were living in absolute poverty in 2008. Of these, sub-Saharan Africa at 47% had the highest incidence rate of absolute poverty in 2008. Between 1990 and 2010, about 663 million people moved above the absolute poverty level; majority of whom were women.

So there is need to invest in initiatives meant to empower people, and mostly women economically.

My recommendations (to UN Countries, most especially Africa governments) include;

Governments need to support the full protection and implementation of human rights agreements and the International Labor Organization's Core Labor Standards since decent and fairly remunerated work is a fundamental human right, essential to women's economic advancement and equality.

There is need to carry our gender impact assessments of current and future trade and economic policies, and;

Governments should also signs trade agreements with women groups from grass root to national level and regional level to aid their economic empowerment.


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