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July-August 2010

Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010, to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Launched by the UN Secretariat in 2001, the MDGs are global governance’s framework for cooperation and development until 2015, the “target date” for their implementation. Both donor and recipient governments, as well as transnational development agents have so far conformed to this framework, as if it were politically, culturally, juridically and morally binding.

Nevertheless, an ideological continuum connects the MDGs to the UN conference process that took place after the cold war, in particular to the Cairo conference (reproductive health) and the Beijing conference (gender equality). The history and content of the MDGs, as well as the identity of actors who exercize their influence in this framework challenge the self-determination of peoples and individuals, which is so dear to the culture we live in. In order to help clarify some of these issues, Dialogue Dynamics has produced a series of modules, both factual and analytical, on the MDGs.

In the last months, the transnational “reproductive health” lobby has applied growing pressure on decision-makers and development agents to give priority to MDG 5 on “maternal health”, which contains a target concerning reproductive health, in the next five years. Considering that “reproductive health” means primarily “universal access to the whole range of contraceptives”, we thought it would be useful to provide the beneficiaries of development aid with technical information on what science tells us about the contraception-abortion nexus (interview and seminar with Jacques Suaudeau). A dialogue has developed on this subject.

Dialogue Dynamics is currently working on a series of didactic modules to respond as efficiently as possible to the requests for training many of you have made to us. These modules will be available in due time in the framework of thematic seminars.