2007 Montreal Millennium Summit - Montreal to host international summit with backdrop of United Nations Millennium Development Goals

    MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Energized by the experience of the
Montreal Millennium Promise Conference 2006, organizers of the new 2007
Montreal Millennium Summit have prepared a second major unifying event to
enable all of Quebec and Canada to express their leadership on the national
and international stage. The 2007 Montreal Millennium Summit will take place
at the Palais des congrès on November 8 and 9. They will tie in with reaching
the Millennium Development Goals, which the 191 member states of the UN have
committed to achieve by 2015. The summit will serve as a global platform for
sharing the proposed initiatives, and for improving the effectiveness and
efficiency of aid to children and to the planet's most vulnerable people.
    A number of countries, including Canada, recently reaffirmed their formal
commitment to the Millennium Development Goals. Halfway to the target date,
the 2007 Annual Report on the goals notes that, since 2000, "there have been
some gains, and that success is still possible in most parts of the world but
they also point to how much remains to be done".
    Summit President-Founder Daniel Germain explains, "When I'm questioned
about the utility of yet another summit where there is much talk but less
concrete action, I answer: 'Quite the opposite! This is exactly what we need
to do. We have to bring to one place all of the people who have already found
solutions to world poverty. We must come together to avoid falling apart. And
since all major change begins at home, it's up to us to prepare the
foundations that will encourage consensus among all of the international
players from here and elsewhere. It's up to us to introduce them to each other
in order to avoid wasting years and years on trial and error.'"
    "It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that the Québec Government has
become involved with this important event. Québec is very proud to welcome the
Montréal Millennium Summit. This summit presents a unique occasion to exchange
views with the men and women who have the possibility of making all of society
more aware of the well-being of children. It is important to establish
partnerships with all of civil society as we did when implementing the
Government's National Action Plan Against Poverty and Social Exclusion",
declared Employment and Social Solidarity Minister Sam Hamad.
    "This summit provides us with an additional occasion to carry out a
mid-term overview of our progress in attaining the Millennium Objectives. It
is an excellent forum to accelerate awareness and to showcase the actions that
we intend to implement. The summit reminds us that both collectively and on an
individual level we can and must act by making more concrete gestures", said
the Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Gérald Tremblay.
    Like last year, this year's Summit will concentrate more specifically on
improving the lot of the world's children. Child mortality, armed conflict and
corporate social responsibility are just some of the themes that will be
addressed by international development experts.
    Without a doubt, the crown jewel of the summit will be the keynote
session, open to the public, which will bring together high-level dignitaries,
direct players in international development and committed public figures of
worldwide renown. This year, we will have the pleasure of hearing from:

    Ishmael Beah: Former child         Trudie Styler: Actress, producer,
    soldier, best-selling author and   director and international activist
    internationally renowned speaker
                                       Vincent Graton: Actor
    Cherie Booth Blair: Lawyer, wife
    of the former British Prime        Sam Hamad: Employment and Social
    Minister, Forbes 100 Most          Solidarity Minister
    Powerful Women
                                       The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    Michael Douglas: Two-time Oscar    Governor General of Canada
    award-winning actor
                                       Chantal Lacroix: Animator, actress,
    Mark & Craig Kielburger: Nobel     director and producer
    Peace Prize nominees,
    best-selling authors and founders  Paul Martin: 21st Prime Minister of
    of Free the Children               Canada

    Tim Robins: Academy Award-winning  Gérald Tremblay: Mayor of the City of
    actor, director, producer and      Montreal
    international activist

    For more information on guests, speakers and ticket sales, please refer to
the Summit Web site:

    More than 3,000 people are expected to attend. Organizers warmly invite
the general public, development professionals and business people to turn out
in huge numbers for the Montreal Millennium Summit 2007.

For further information:

For further information: Press relations: Bouba Slim, Roy & Turner
Communications, (514) 286-1004 poste 24; Elisabeth Roy, Roy & Turner
Communications, (514) 844-9678

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