IFFAMPAC attended the United Nations Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector, held at the United Nations HQ, 14-15 June 2010.
2010 has been deemed a critical year in evaluating the success or failures of development projects and pathways implemented by the United Nations, governments and international organizations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, which were established under the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000.
On 20-22 September 2010, the General Assembly will hold in New York, a High-level Plenary Meeting, also referred to as the “MDG Summit”. The Summit’s main focus will be to review the status of the achievement or non-achievement of the MDGs to date, and determine how to accelerate progress towards the internationally agreed development goals, if such goals cannot be achieved by 2015.
As a part of the process leading to the September Summit, the General Assembly convened interactive hearings with representatives of NGOs, civil society and the private sector from 14-15 June 2010. IFFAMPAC attended the interactive hearings and met with governments and other international civil society organizations to discuss the social, economic, and legal issues families of missing persons from armed conflicts confront in post conflict transitional societies. The written outcomes of the hearings provided critical input to the preparatory process for the upcoming September Summit, and will be documented and circulated throughout the United Nations as a formal General Assembly document.