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SEF Supports Participation of Top Experts in the Field of Health in the Micronesian States and Pacific Islands at the 63rd UN DPI NGO Conference!

The joint conference of the United Nations Department of Public Information and Non-Governmental Organizations commenced in Melbourne, Australia on August 30, 2010. This year the 63rd Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, titled “Advance Global Health: Achieve the MDGs” with the core focus addressing global health in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The conference has welcomed over 2,200 participants from approximately 70 countries, the majority of which are from the Asia-Pacific region.With the MDG United Nations summit on September 20th fast approaching, the conference will highlight effective ways in which civil society, in partnership with other actors such as the state, can contribute to fostering global health. Rather than a narrowed approach the conference intends to explore global health and it’s multifaceted challenges of transnational health issues and solutions. The conference sessions will emphasize sustainability, social justice, and the social determinates of health to better understand how we may achieve equity in global health.

As a delegate, The Shinnyo-en Foundation has sponsored Emele Duituturaga, Consultant and Interim Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) to moderate a workshop entitled ‘Achieving MDG’s in Grassroots Pacific Communities’.

Additionally, the Foundation is joined by two esteemed guests Dr. Wilfred Alik and Mr.Nena Tolenoa whom both serve Micronesian communities as health specialists and advocates. Imperative to their work both Dr. Alik and Tolenoa have journeyed to Melbourne to discuss the challenges they are facing as well as collaborate with the many organizations represented at the conference.
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