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Sport policy expert to address leaders on millennium development goals

An expert in sport policy at York St John University has been invited to give a closing address at an international conference on the millennium development goals (MDGs).

Davies Banda, Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy and Development in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences will give a closing plenary address at the International Parliamentary Conference on the Millennium Development Goals, ‘Reaching for 2015: Governance, Accountability and the Role of the Parliamentarian’ on Thursday 1 December in the Houses of Parliament.

Davies will talk about the role of sport in global development. He will use the opportunity to call upon parliamentarians as advocates for global development. Davies will share the closing plenary with United Nations (UN) AIDS Ambassador Annie Lennox OBE and Rt Hon. Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG PC, former Foreign and Commonwealth Minister and Deputy Secretary-General of the UN. The session will be chaired by Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons who will introduce the three speakers.

Commenting on his invitation to speak at the conference Davies said:

“I'm overwhelmed by the invitation and hope to make a strong appeal to parliamentarians who are intermediaries between policy makers and poor communities to engage more openly with street level bureaucrats for concerted effort in achieving the MDGs.”

He added:

“This recognition is a result of the support from York St John funding towards research in forms of partnership working between sports-for-development NGOs and other HIV/AIDS civil society organisations.”

Davies' speech will be part of the last three keynote speeches to mark the conclusion of the conference, hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK from 28 November – 1 December 2011. The conference promises to bring together high profile parliamentarians from commonwealth and non-commonwealth policy makers, with the aim of building parliamentary capacity to ensure that effective accountability mechanisms are at the core of all elements of the MDGs process in the countdown to the 2015 deadline to meet the targets.

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk


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