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Fréchette heads to Athens for meeting of European philanthropy organizations

Fréchette heads to Athens for meeting of European philanthropy organizations

Louise Fréchette
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette is heading to Athens this weekend to attend the annual meeting of an umbrella organization for European donors and philanthropists.

Ms. Fréchette is scheduled to attend the opening plenary Sunday of the General Assembly of the European Foundation Centre, which is meeting under the theme, "The Athens Agora - Bridging Civilizations and Cultures."

In her keynote address, the Deputy Secretary-General is expected to focus on how European foundations can work more closely with the United Nations to advance development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Goals are a set of eight targets endorsed at a UN summit in 2000 which address global ills such as extreme poverty and hunger as well as the spread of AIDS and other major diseases.

The European Foundation Centre says it is dedicated to strengthening organized philanthropy which is supports civil society in Europe and elsewhere in the world.