Major speakers for the conference include Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, Katherine Marshall, a senior advisor for the World Bank and executive director of World Faiths Development Dialogue, as well as a Religious Leaders Panel including Dr. Bonnie Anderson (President of the House of Deputies, Episcopal Church), Maha ElGenaidi (Director of ING), and Rev. Heng Sure (Director, Institute for World Religions). Alex Baumgarten, director of governmental relations for the Episcopal Church USA will offer analysis of current legislation pertaining to the Development Goals set by the United Nations:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
- Achieve universal primary education.
- Promote gender equality and empower women.
- Reduce child mortality.
- Improve maternal health.
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
- Ensure environmental sustainability.
- Develop a global partnership for development.
The Conference is a catalytic convening of religious and interfaith leaders and activists for networking, education and advocacy towards the fulfillment of the UN Millennium Development Goals. There will be a special program track for Youth, and an opportunity for people to meet in regional groups to develop strategy and actions.
Members of the public are invited to a special Interfaith Prayer Service on Tuesday, April 20th, at 7:00 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St, San Francisco. There is no charge for this service.
The conference is sponsored by the Millennium Development Goals Coalition (MGDC) of the Bay Area, with the generous support of Catholic Healthcare West. More information and registration can be found on the MDGC website: www.imdgc.org/