Raphael Oko 
Millennium Development Ambassadors 


Thursday July 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM GMT
Friday July 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM GMT

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University of Ghana, 


West Africa Millennium Development Ambassadors' Summit 2011 

Background Information

The Millennium Development Goals were created at the United Nations Summit of  2000 in New York where leaders from 189 countries pledged to achieve the eight outlined goals targeted for 2015. Within the  West Africa sub-region, government, non-governmental and intergovernmental agencies have made several commitments in the form of establishment of agencies, introduction of programs and projects, among others. The overall expectation of these efforts is the translation of these global aspirations into concrete activities in local communities which should lead to sustainable community development in West Africa. Despite the enormous challenges being faced by the region, there is the need to make a stronger and renewed commitment to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.

The Millennium Development Goals are:

         Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

         Achieve Universal Primary Education

         Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

         Reduce Child Mortality

         Improve Maternal Health

         Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

         Ensure Environmental Sustainability

         Promote Global Partnership for Development

 The United Nations reports have insisted that many countries and communities in Africa may not achieve these goals by 2015 unless some extra-ordinary measures are taken urgently to inspire local actions and commitments by the people under a conducive environment by the government. This makes the initiative for the 2011 Millennium Development Ambassadors summit on Building a Culture of Peace and the Millennium Development Goals in Accra, Ghana critical and most timely.

 The summit will:

  • Empower critical stakeholders with the needed skills for developing and implementing MDGs focused programs and projects as well as building a culture of peace
  • Connect stakeholders in all West Africa to relevant information on peace building and MDGs, to each other for best practices sharing and to resources that will be helpful for sustainable programs and projects related to the MDGs and regional peace
  • Celebrate outstanding leaders committed to the realization of the MDGs in local areas throughout West Africa and create a network of Millennium Development Ambassadors whose work will lead to the establishment of West Africa MDGs Councils/Committees/Clubs at various levels

In addition, this summit will demonstrate its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals and emphasize the need for continuity in ongoing efforts, which will form the basis of commissioning some VIPs as Millennium Development Ambassadors to lead local actions in the communities of West Africa.

Summit Theme: “MDGs 2011 – 2015: An Exposition of Sustainable Strategies for Building a Culture of Peace and Implementing the United Nations Global Millennium Development Goals in Local Communities in West Africa”. The summit shall provide an interactive opportunity for the stakeholders from diverse background to discuss the United Nations MDGs as well as issues related to building a culture of peace in order to inspire further commitment to ongoing discussions and efforts toward the realization of the MDGs by 2015 in West Africa. The summit will provide an opportunity for the presentation of scholarly papers on the Millennium Development Goals and the utilization of the goals as the framework for the much desired West Africa Local Communities Development Goals (2011 – 2015), which will be replicated at the levels of communities in each of the countries of West Africa. The summit will provide an avenue for the presentation of the International Mandate for Development 2011 - 2015 to elected government leaders and to honor other stakeholders as Millennium Development Ambassadors for their contributions and commitment to the realization of the MDGs in West Africa.

Expected Participants

Participants shall be drawn from Millennium Development Ambassadors, other nongovernmental ambassadors, critical stakeholders, scholars from educational institutions, intergovernmental agencies and development partners, selected heads of educational institutions, community educators and leaders, NGOs leaders in the various countries in West Africa, traditional rulers, and leaders of faith based organizations as well as representatives of youth led organizations.

Summit Sessions:

Session 1: Opening session and award presentation

This session will feature opening remarks, goodwill messages from stakeholders, keynote  address from development agencies in Ghana and officers in Nigeria among others. Also, some distinguished citizens from the sub-region shall be commissioned as Millennium Development Ambassadors.

Special Note: The Millennium Development Ambassadors shall NOT be commissioned under the name of Teachers Without Borders as the program is NO longer affiliated with the organization. It is hoped that ALL the invited guests will be fully aware of this information before the summit and ceremony.

Session 2: Eradicating Poverty and Hunger Session:

This session will focus on poverty eradication and the guidelines needed to develop a sustainable platform for the strengthening of relevant institutions in West Africa. Emphasis shall also be focused on the role of education in poverty eradication and the challenges of educational institutions in addressing the increases cases in youth unemployment in West Africa.

Session 2: Universal Education and Gender/Women Empowerment Issues:

This session will focus on efforts toward the realization of education for all as well as issues on quality education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels as well as peace education and teacher education. The role of education in achieving women empowerment and gender equality will be discussed along other topics relevant to education in general and gender equality matters.

Session 3: Health Session:

This session will address the health related themes of the MDGs such as the Reduction of Child Mortality, Improvement of Maternal Health and Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Disease.

Session 4: Environmental Sustainability and the Promotion of Global Partnership for Development:

This session will focus on issues concerning environmental awareness and strategies for developing and implementing global partnerships.

Session 5: Building a Culture of Peace in West Africa

This session will focus on issues of peace building programs and initiatives in West Africa and the introduction of peace education in schools, peace councils in communities and an exploration of the Ambassadors for Peace principles for peace. Presentation shall also focus on localizing the eight action areas of the Culture of Peace

Closing Banquet: Special celebration to mark the end of the summit as well as presentation of International Mandate for Development 2011 – 2015 award to elected leaders from West Africa. The International Mandate for Development award is a Millennium Development Ambassadors initiative to honor elected leaders and encourage them to make a commitment to facilitating the realization of the MDGs by 2015. The International Mandate for Development 2011 - 2015 award shall NOT be presented to receipents in the name of Teachers Without Borders but as a mandate from the Millennium Development Ambassadors

Resource Persons 

A team of resource persons are expected from USA, Canada, Finland, Dubai, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroun, Liberia and Nigeria as well as selected scholars and strategic institutional representatives from the government and intergovernmental agencies in West Africa among others shall facilitate the sessions. Notable Millennium Development Ambassadors shall also share their experiences and challenges during the seminar/workshops. Participants shall be issued with a “Certificate of Participation”. The opening session shall feature presentation of special awards.

Summit Participation Fees for Millennium Development Ambassadors and Other Participants

Participants are expected to register to attend with the sum of US $300 which covers summit bags/souvenirs, tea break/lunch, certificate of participation, summit papers, participants stickers, pick up from the airport and back to airport on departure date, travel insurance, and local transportation.

Limited Partial Scholarship Opportunities: 

There are very limited scholarship for participants who may not have all the needed fund to attend the summit but are desirious of attending. You may register and thereafter send an email to expressing your desire to be considered for scholarship. Please, note that scholarships may be limited to accommodation at the University hostels or part of the summit registration fee. However, applying for scholarship does not mean that you have been considered. A review panel will consider all the applications and convey the final decision at most one week before the summit date.

Summit Date and Time

Millennium Development Ambassadors Summit:

  • Date: July 28 - 29, 2011
  • Venue: University of Ghana Conference Center, Accra, Ghana
  • Time: 10.00 a.m. daily

Peace Education Capacity Building Workshop:

  • Date: July 30 - 31, 2011
  • Venue: University of Ghana Conference Center, Accra, Ghana
  • Time: 10.00 a.m. daily

Summit Organizers

Global Educators for All Initiative, Africa Center for Peacebuilding, Accra, Ghana, Millennium Development Ambassadors,   Voice of Teachers Radio show,  The Love Foundation, Liberia. More collaborators to be listed.

The 2011 West Africa Millennium Development Ambassadors Summit is NOT an initiative of Teachers Without Borders but remains open to educators and anyone interested in the summit

Contact Us

For information regarding sponsorship of summit sessions or other inquiries, please contact

  • RAPHAEL OKO:; +2348059964018
  • EMMANUEL K. SENYO:; +233205544540

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