SG urges speedy action on health MDGs for women and children

26th August

The planet’s social and economic  inequalities must be addressed  if women and children are  to “survive and thrive,” SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon said, calling for  accelerated action on achieving the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 deadline. Speaking on 6 May at a special event held by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and titled ‘Meeting the Challenges of the  Health MDGs and Beyond,’ Mr. Ban  told delegates that while much progress  in achieving the Goals has been made,  a great deal still remained to be done.  “Time is passing and we must urgently  accelerate our work. That takes  commitment, political will, and a  determination to focus efforts on where  they can have the biggest impact,” he  stated, adding that this was one reason why he made improving maternal and child health a priority of the MDG agenda.

“We know that investing in women’s and children’s health yields high and  long-lasting returns – for individuals, for  families, for societies and for the future we want.”“We have the technology and knowhow to save and improve women’s and children’s lives – and we need to join our good ideas and efforts.

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