Sawa’s Founder invited to advise Heads of State and...

Sawa’s Founder invited to advise Heads of State and Government at United Nations Event in New York on solving Global Poverty

With only five years left to solve global poverty, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited 300 Heads of State and Government from around the world to participate in the United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the hopes of working together to advance the progress toward the achievement of the MDGs by 2015.

The forum, a select group of private sector leaders from around the world, will share their innovative approaches to solving extreme poverty. Among this group is Vancouverite and Founder of the non profit organization Sawa World, Daphne Nederhorst. She hopes to inspire a new way of thinking among Heads of State and Government from around the world. According to Nederhorst, “The world doesn’t need another traditional foreign aid model. What we need is to recognize the expertise of local leaders living in extreme poverty and already making a difference by championing their communities out of poverty. We should be learning from their accomplishments and finding ways to assist them in replicating models that already work.”

The Summit on the Millennium Goals takes place from September 20-22, 2010. In addition to the main Forum event on September 22nd, Nederhorst will take part in several smaller meetings with world leaders including the Presidents of Liberia, Tanzania, France and Virgin, CEO, Sir Richard Branson.

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