The MCN will launch Commit in September.com, the online home of the campaign, by March 23rd. The MCN has been recruiting campaign ambassadors for over a month. On the launch date, 25 campaign ambassadors will begin hosting signing stations at events held in Boston, New York, Washington D.C, and Chicago (areas where the MCN works). Campaign staff will actively solicit additional campaign ambassadors to get signatures across the country. The petition will promote the MDGs with policy asks on the creation of a global fund for education, fully funding the Global Fund on HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria, and long term development for Haiti. Jeffrey Sachs, a member of the MCN Board of Advisors, will record several video messages to rally students around the campaign, and these will be distributed via the MCN's national listserv and on Commit in September.com.
On September 18th-20th, the MCN will host the Millennium Campus Conference (MCC) and will bring over 1,000 students to Columbia University. On the morning of the 20th, the MCN aims to draw over 2,000 supporters to rally outside of UN headquarters to demonstrate positive, grassroots support for the MDGs. The MCC will teach students about about new breakthroughs and proven solutions in the fields of health, economics, technology, education, and other areas of international development, offer them the chance to build crucial leadership and organizational management skills, and give them the opportunity to network with the leaders of the movement to reduce global poverty. Most importantly, the conference will lay the foundation for an increased sense of community among student organizers working to combat extreme poverty.
The rally at the UN will seek to draw increased media attention and to demonstrate that there is significant support for the MDGs among students in the U.S. Though the rally will likely be too late to impact policy decisions (the campaign is the chance for that), if enough students attend, it will gather significant attention.
The Millennium Development Goals provide perhaps the only comprehensive set of metrics to halve extreme poverty by 2015. 189 nations committed to the Goals in 2000, but most have not honored this commitment. This September will mark the ten-year anniversary of the MDGs, and world leaders will gather during the UN General Assembly to determine the future of the Goals.
President Obama has pledged to speak at the Summit, and to present a comprehensive plan to achieve the Goals. The Millennium Campus Network, a national network of university student organizations working to reduce global poverty, will rally students around the MDGs at this critically important time for the world's poor.
Media/ Marketing Opportunities
MCN is seeking additional funding for the Millennium Campus Conference, organizations that are looking to participate in the campaign, and marketing assistance to grow the campaign virally.
Best Practice Information
The MCN is a hub for student social activism, and its member organizations have a great deal to offer when it comes to best-practices.