To galvanize support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established an
MDG Advocacy Group of eminent personalities who have shown outstanding leadership in promoting the implementation of the Goals. The MDG Advocates is supporting the Secretary-General in building political will and mobilizing global action to make the MDG Summit a turning point in our collective effort to achieve the Goals by the 2015 target date.

CO-CHAIRS
Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain

MEMBERS
Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh), Nobel Peace Prize Winner, founder of the Grameen Bank
Focus on MDG 8 (global partnership for development)

Wang Yingfan (China), Vice-Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chinese National People’s Congress (2003-2008)
Focus on MDG 1 (extreme poverty and hunger)

Stine Bosse (Denmark), CEO of TrygVesta Group, Chairman of Børnefonden (The Childrens’ Fund)
Focus on MDG 3 (gender equality and the empowerment of women)

Philippe Douste-Blazy (France), UN Special Advisor on innovative financing for development
Focus on MDGs 4, 5, 6 and 8 (child mortality, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and global partnership for development)

Mukesh D. Ambani (India), Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries
Focus on MDG 8 (global partnership for development)

Hiromasa Yonekura (Japan), Chairman of Sumitomo Chemical and of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)
Focus on MDG 6 (HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)

Wangari Maathai (Kenya), Nobel Peace Prize Winner, environmental and political activist
Focus on MDG 7 (environmental sustainability)

Julio Frenk (Mexico), Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, former Minister of Health
Focus on MDGs 4, 5, 6 and 8 (child mortality, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)

Akin Adesina (Nigeria), Vice President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Focus on MDG 1 (extreme poverty and hunger)

HHS Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser (Qatar)
First Lady, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
Focus on MDG 2 (universal primary education)

Dho Young-Shim (Republic of Korea),
Chairperson of the UN World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation
Focus on MDG 2 (universal primary education)

Graça Machel (South Africa / Mozambique), Former First Lady, advocate for women’s and children’s rights
Focus on MDG 3 (gender equality and the empowerment of women)

Jan Eliasson (Sweden), Chair of WaterAid Sweden, Former President of the UN General Assembly
Focus on MDGs 7 and 8 (environmental sustainability and global partnership for development)

Bob Geldof (United Kingdom), Singer, songwriter, political activist
Focus on all MDGs

Ray Chambers (United States), UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria
Focus on MDGs 4, 5, 6 (child mortality, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)

Jeffrey Sachs (United States), UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the MDGs
Focus on all MDGs

Ted Turner (United States), Philanthropist, Chairman, UN Foundation
Focus on all MDGs