This speech of Salil Shetty was filmed by a fellow participant at the CIVICUS World Assembly, 18-21 June 2008, in Glasgow, Scotland.
The CIVICUS World Assembly is a forum for international civil society representatives to get together, exchange ideas, experiences and build strategies for a just world.
Salil Shetty joined the United Nations in October 2003 as Director of the Millennium Campaign.
The Millennium Campaign informs, inspires and encourages people’s involvement and action for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals. An initiative of the United Nations, the Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to hold their government to account for the Millennium promise.
The Campaign was launched in October 2002, two years after 189 government leaders from the highest political level of almost every country in the world agreed at the September 2000 Millennium Summit to a set of eight time-bound targets that, when achieved, will end extreme poverty across the planet.
Working at both the national and international levels, the ambition of the Campaign is to inspire a global movement to achieve the Goals and eradicate extreme poverty by 2015. Our premise is simple: we are the first generation that can put an end to extreme poverty around the world, and we refuse to miss this opportunity!