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UN Summit launches drive to save lives of more than 16 million women and children
Date:9/22/2010

Culminating a global summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Heads of State and Government, along with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations, kicked off a concerted world-wide effort to save the lives of more than 16 million women and children.

At a special UN event to launch the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, stakeholders pledged over $40 billion in resources for women's and children' health.

"We know what works to save women's and children's lives, and we know that women and children are critical to all of the MDGs," said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"Today we are witnessing the kind of leadership we have long needed."

Investing in the health of women and children is not only the right thing to do; it also builds stable, peaceful and productive societies. It reduces poverty; stimulates economic growth; it's cost-effective, and it helps women and children realize their fundamental human rights.

"The government of the United Republic of Tanzania is highly committed to achieving MDG 4 and 5 and fully supports the United Nations Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health," said H.E. Mizengo Pinda, Prime Minister of Tanzania.

"The Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health is a true global effort," said Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. "Never have so many come together to save the lives of women and children. Women and children are at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals and success on the health Millennium Goals will help drive success on all the MDGs."

Global Strategy Provides Roadmap for Saving Lives

The Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, led by the UN Secretary-General, is a roadmap that identifies the finance and policy changes needed as well as crit
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Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
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