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  April, 2007

Dr. Deisi Noeli Weber Kusztra


First Call for the World Family Summit +3! Mobilizing for Action.

Dear Members, Friends and Visitors,

It seems that it was just yesterday when we were at Dead Sea, Jordan for the World Family Summit +2 - Investing in Development and Mobilizing for Action: Implementing the MDGs at the Local Level and in the Family, and here we are now making the first call for the World Family Summit +3, to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on November 26 to 28, 2007.

According to the decisions taken at the World Family Summit +2, the themes that will be discussed on the WFS+3 will be linked specifically to the MDGs 4, 5 and 6, not forgetting that the MDGs 1, 3 and 8 are goals that have to be considered when approaching commitments to development.

Discussing and finding ways for concrete actions to implement the MDG 4, Reduce child mortality and the MDG 5, Improve maternal health are key issues to be dealt with as effective strategies to reach individuals, families and communities because of the long-term perspectives and the relationship that mothers and children have in the process of development.

The MDG 6, Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria is an important family health issue since more than four million children under the age of fifteen have been infected with HIV since the epidemic began, and another 13 million children have lost their mothers or both parents to the disease. An estimated 10,3 million people aged 15-24 are living with HIV. Diseases like malaria are a primary killer in Africa, and tuberculosis is reappering in places where it was for long considered eradicated.

These facts are hidden factors affecting the countries' economies and development, specially the poorest ones. National Governments are doing their work. It is time for us to give our contribution and bring the discussion, knowledge and actions to the Local Level and to the Family.

The reduction of poverty, the assurance of education, the achievement of gender equality and the promotion of partnerships are definitivelly factors that help in the achievement of the above mentioned MDGs.

We are very happy that the Polish Ministry of Health, the Polish National AIDS Center and in special the "Dialogue without Frontiers" Foundation, through the leadership of the Foundation's President Mrs. Yolanta Kwasniewska, are our partners to the WFS+3 and the organization process has already started.

This coming week I am visiting our partners in Warsaw and we are expecting to have the preliminary scientific and technical program agreed. Poland is a very beautiful country, so for sure our partners will not forget to propose some very interesting turistic visits.

Please check frequently our website for more information on the World Family Summit +3, the call for papers and the call for success stories.

This week we also received the invitation from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division of Public Administration to participate and contribute to the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Governments, to be held in Vienna, Austria, 26-29 June 2007. This year the theme is "Building Trust in Government" and WFO was invited to contribute in the workshop "Building Trust Through Civic Engagement", organized in partnership with the State Government of Queensland (Australia), the Kyung Hee