Nearly a decade ago, the UN gathered and created the Millennium Development Goals: eight international development targets established by the United Nations and set to be achieved by 2015. These goals sought to spur development by improving social and economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries.
On September 20, 2010, TEDxChange, an event co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED, marks the 10th anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals. The event, which focuses on the theme “The Future We Make”, reflects on the Millennium Development Goals as they hit their ten year anniversary while looking ahead to its next five years. Leading TEDxChange speakers include Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Graça Machel, President of the Foundation for Community Developent, and Mechai Viravaidya, Founder and Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association.
“We’re excited to be among the world’s top cities where satellite discussions about the MDGs are also taking place,” says Dan Jacob, Co-Chair at TEDxToronto. “The Toronto event will allow thought-leaders in our community to connect with each other and create dynamic local change at a grassroots level.”
While the live discussion takes place in New York, TEDxToronto is one of over 30 exclusive viewing parties hosted in major cities around the world. The Toronto event, hosted at the Centre for Social Innovation will also host several live speakers before and after the webcast. Learn more about the event.
Unable to make it to the Centre for Social Innovation? No problem - a simulcast webstream of TEDxChange and the various satellite events will be available to online viewers from around the world at www.ted.com.
The following partners are generously helping to put on the Toronto viewing of TEDxChange: