Keynote Speakers Confirmed for the Millennium Campus Conference 2010

**Media Alert – Update**

The Millennium Campus Network announced additional keynote speakers for the Millennium Campus Conference 2010 being held this weekend, September 17 through 19 at Columbia University. Scott Harrison, Founder and President of charity: water, will be the opening keynote speaker on September 18. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University will also be delivering a keynote address on September 18. The Global Health Keynote will be delivered on September 19 by Deogratias Niyizonkiza, founder of Village Health Works, who will be speaking on the subject of Tracy Kidder’s latest book “Strength in What Remains.” Bobby Bailey, Filmmaker and Co-founder of Invisible Children, will also be speaking throughout the weekend. For additional details please visit

Original Alert

What: The Millennium Campus Network (MCN) is holding a national student conference, Millennium Campus Conference 2010, demonstrating student commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to reduce extreme global poverty. This national youth gathering is taking place on the eve of a major United Nations Summit where world leaders will convene to discuss similar goals.

Who: 1,000 college students from around the world and leading advocates including filmmaker Bobby Bailey, Co-founder of Invisible Children, Dr. Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders USA, and Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention on Biodiversity, will gather to discuss student activism and global poverty.

Students will share compelling personal stories of service on campus and overseas, including students’ work in promoting clean water and microfinance in Uganda and India this summer.

Event sponsors include the Better World Campaign; Semester at Sea; the Earth Institute, Columbia University; the Jenzabar Foundation; and the United Nations Foundation. Her majesty Queen Rania of Jordan will also be expressing her support of MCN and student service through a video message being shown at the conference.

When: September 17-19, 2010

Where: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway, New York, New York

Why: As world leaders gather to discuss the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, students will demonstrate their commitment to these goals and how they are actively working to achieve them. While extreme global poverty can seem overwhelming, students are proving that their generation can be part of the solution to the most pressing crises.

About The Millennium Campus Network
The Millennium Campus Network (MCN) is a national non-profit network of university student organizations working to reduce extreme poverty and achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The network provides networking, funding, and national campaign opportunities to 37 member organizations on 17 campuses across Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C. Dr. Paul Farmer (of Partners in Health), Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, and musician John Legend serve on the network’s Board of Advisors. For more information please visit

Media Contact:
Lindsey Purington
Millennium Campus Network