Stand-Up Season: MDG @ World Leaders & Everyday People

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Time for World Leaders, and Everyday People, to Stand Up for the MDGs
I witnessed an inspirational sight last week in Johannesburg: A committed group of Africans from seven nations demanded – in the strongest terms possible – that their governments take action to end pediatric HIV/AIDS and fulfill their longstanding pledges. These were not everyday citizens. The group – members of the Leadership Council of the Campaign to End Pediatric HIV/AIDS (CEPA) – includes prominent activist Graça Machel, as well as a former deputy national director of health for Mozambique and prominent doctors and researchers. Just the site of these lay leaders taking a stand with their governments was extraordinary.

Would you take such a stand? You can next week. That’s when global leaders will arrive in New York to attend the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals Summit. We need those national leaders to take action and to take a stand like the one taken by members of the CEPA Leadership Council.

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The Human Rights Council opens 15th session

hrc_opening_interiorThe Human Rights Council, the principal UN intergovernmental body responsible for human rights, opened its 15th session in Geneva which runs from 13 September to 1 October.
In a speech to the Council, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stressed the “pressing need” for human rights protection “both in emergencies and chronic human rights situations.”
In particular, she addressed the need for protection of human rights defenders and the issue of human rights in electoral environments.
“Special procedures mandate holders, press reports and advocates consistently point out that human rights defenders, journalists, and civil society activists in all regions of the world face threats to their lives and security because of their work,”

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