Tuesday, 27 January 2009

SKOP organised the 2nd National Conference on MDGs in Malta

The Maltese NGDO platform SKOP (http://www.skopmalta.org/) in collaboration with STOPoverty and Global Action Schools, KOPIN's Development Education Project, organized this second conference on MDGs on the 17th October 2008. The Conference, which was financially supported by the Presidency Fund (http://www.presidencyfund.org/), focused on Malta's contribution towards the achievement of the MDGs and the theme of gender in relation to development. The Minister of Foreign Affairs responsible for development gave a keynote speech, as well the French Ambassador for Malta and other stakeholders.

During the Conference the STAND UP! TAKE ACTION was performed simultaneously with schools, NGOs and other organisations. Over 15,000 stood up against poverty on the Maltese islands. Amongst the participants of the Conference were policy makers, Ambassadors, NGOs, political parties, journalists, teachers, students and the general public.

This Conference helped SKOP to increase the awareness on MDGs, its visibility, ascertain our position in relation to overseas development aid, strenghten our relationship with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and build on existing networks and new networks. SKOP has also taken this opportunity to present a set of recommendations to the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the Overseas Development Policy.

Information provided by Angie Farrugia, Maltese NGDO platform SKOP

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