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Hi there. Mark is up on stage moderating. I'm Chris Scott, from ONE, in the audience at the Netroots Nation panel.   I'll be live blogging the session, which is set to begin momentarily.
Ray Offenheiser kicks off the panel with the premise that "poverty is not news."  All of us who work on these issues day in and day out have to confront the fact that poverty is rarely news until terrorism strikes.  Unfortunately, inequality is the status quo.


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President Obama came to office promising “the millennium development goals will be America’s goals.” But the global economic crisis now threatens to undermine those goals. Gains in the fight against global poverty and hunger have begun to stall or even reverse. What can the Obama administration do to reinvigorate the fight against global poverty? How can advocates most effectively make the case that meeting the needs of the global poor ought to be American foreign policy goals? What policies best work for addressing global poverty?


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Kathmandu, July 29, 2009 – Joined by partners and media, the UN Millennium Campaign in Nepal yesterday launched the logo of “Stand Up” 2009 – the annual mobilization where citizens gather to demand that world leaders eradicate poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The objective of the media unveiling was to launch the logo in Nepali with the slogan “Stand Up, Take Action: Eradicate Poverty for Lasting Peace.” The mobilization will take place on October 16-18, 2009.


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The 2009 MDG Report (pdf), leading into the 2010 MDG review conference that represents the last major recommitment before 2015, is both promising and disturbing.


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On July 24, the Millennium Development Goals were honored at the inaugural “Save the World” Awards in Austria, as a bold promise to end poverty in our generation.

The “Save the World” awards, founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, recognized personalities and organizations working toward a sustainable and livable future for our planet and its people. More than 2,000 guests attended the show at the site of an inactive atomic power plant in Zwentendorf, Lower Austria, and millions more watched on television around the world.


More than halfway to the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), major advances in the fight against poverty and hunger have begun to slow or even reverse as a result of the global economic and food crises, a progress report by the United Nations has found. The assessment, launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Geneva, warns that, despite many successes, overall progress has been too slow for most of the targets to be met by 2015.


With six years to go until the 2015 deadline to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), not enough progress has been made toward reaching them, says the UN’s 2009 Millennium Development Goals Report. The global economic and food crises, as well as the growing effects of climate change have not only exacerbated the slow progress, but also threaten to reverse previously-gained successes.


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Did the G8 summit merely repackage old promises? Salil Shetty makes a critical assessment from Italy


Australian actor Hugh Jackman recently visited the United Nations where he shot a public service announcement (PSA) for the Global Poverty Project’s plan to help the poorer nations of the world attain the Millennium Development Goals.

HUGH JACKMAN VIDEO.

The PSA is being launched on 4 July as part of the 1.4 Billion Reasons campaign, a simple yet ground-breaking presentation that will travel the world, aiming to inspire and empower audiences in its path.


The UN Millennium Campaign welcomes the G-8’s promise of $20 billion to address the much neglected issues of hunger, poverty and food security with a strong focus on agriculture. But the Campaign stresses that this must be additional funding, support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals —including the needs and rights of the poorest – and be in line with national priorities and systems.