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Monday, January 19, 2009

You Could Be One of the Millennium Development Goal Youth Champions

With the adoption of the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations, the Philippines as a member state, along with 191 other members, affirmed its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) geared towards reducing poverty, hunger, diseases, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.

The MDGs consist of 8 goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators that are periodically monitored at the international and country levels based on a timeline set to last until 2015. These goals which are time-bound and measurable have been mainstreamed in the country’s Medium-Term and Development Program for 2004-2010.

To help fast-track the realization of the MDG targets by 2015 especially under the current global financial crisis, the United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP), together with its lead institutional partner, Rotary Club of Makati Legaspi, in cooperation with the UN Millennium Campaign, is undertaking the search for eight Millennium Development Goal Youth Champions who shall embody the MDGs that they will be promoting and advocating. The Search was launched, December 16, 2008 at the Sampaguita Hall, Manila Hotel.

Any individual, between ages 18-35 may be nominated by an institution or an association. Candidates must be articulate and knowledgeable on the MDGs, willing to travel around the country to inspire people to take action and create change in their lives and in the communities where they belong. Champions selected will serve until October 2010. Deadline for submission of nominations will be on March 4, 2009. Nomination forms can be obtained from the UNAP office in Pasig City, RCML or downloaded from the MDG Youth Champions multiply site (

Champions will be awarded an Orlina Glass Sculpture, a study grant, an opportunity for a study tour to the UN general headquarters in New York, will be conferred the title “Ambassador of Goodwill” by 2015 and be the official delegates to the Asia Pacific Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA).

All nominees will be evaluated by a preliminary screening committee. Those selected shall undergo the extemporaneous speaking round which shall be conducted nationwide to select the semi-finalists. A final interview with a panel of Final Judges shall determine who the champions will be. Announcement of the first MDG Youth Champions will be on May 8, 2009.

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