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Secretary-General's MDG Advocay Group

Secretary General's MDG Advocacy Group
Ban Ki-moon portrait

Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General

To galvanize support for the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June 2010 established an Advocacy Group of eminent personalities who have shown outstanding leadership in promoting the implementation of the Goals -- in such fields as education, food security, health, environment, and the empowerment of women. The Group supports the Secretary-General in building political will and mobilizing global action for the benefit of the poor and most vulnerable, aiming for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 target date.


Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister of Norway


Paul Kagame portrait

Paul Kagame

President of Rwanda



HHS Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

HH Sheikha Moza

Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

Akin Adesina portrait

Akin Adesina

Vice President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Nigeria)

Mukesh D. Ambani portrait

Mukesh D. Ambani

Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries (India)

Stine Bosse portrait

Stine Bosse

Board member of Allianz Group and Vice Chairman of ChildFund Alliance

Ray Chambers portrait

Ray Chambers

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria (United States)

Dho Young-shim portrait

Dho Young-shim

Chairperson of the UN World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation (Republic of Korea)

Philippe Douste-Blazy portrait

Philippe Douste-Blazy

United Nations Special Advisor on innovative financing for development (France)

Julio Frenk portrait

Julio Frenk

Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, former Minister of Health of Mexico

Bob Geldof portrait

Bob Geldof

Singer, songwriter, political activist (United Kingdom)

Wangari Maathai portrait

Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) and the Green Belt Movement

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, environmental and political activist (Kenya)

Graça Machel portrait

Graça Machel

Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique, advocate for women’s and children’s rights

Jeffrey Sachs portrait

Jeffrey Sachs

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the MDGs (United States

Marina Silva portrait

Marina Silva

Environmentalist and politician (Brazil)

Ted Turner portrait

Ted Turner

Philanthropist, Chairman of the United Nations Foundation (United States)

Wang Yingfan portrait

Wang Yingfan

Vice-Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chinese National People's Congress 2003-2008

Hiromasa Yonekura portrait

Hiromasa Yonekura

Former Chairman & CEO of Sumitomo Chemical Co.

Muhammad Yunus portrait

Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, founder of the Grameen Bank (Bangladesh)

Former Members

Michelle Bachelet portrait

Michelle Bachelet

Former President of Chile, Former Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Jan Eliasson portrait

Jan Eliasson

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General (Sweden)

Bill Gates portrait

Bill Gates

Philanthropist, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chairman of Microsoft Corp (United States)

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister of Australia

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero portrait

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

Former Prime Minister of Spain

*The former Members have worked closely with the MDG Advocacy Group in the run up to the MDG Summit of September 2010. Although they can no longer formally participate in the group due to other official duties and commitments, they remain close supporters of the the MDG Advocacy Group.

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