With a view to end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, the United Nations (UN) has launched an ambitious public-private strategy that includes new policies and partnerships from 40 countries and more than 100 international organizations, philanthropic foundations, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector.
The UN launched an initial commitment of $25 billion for the next five years to provide life-saving treatments, from immunizations to perinatal care. The commitments include $3.3 billion from the United States, $2.6 billion from Canada, $2.5 billion from Sweden, $1.3 billion from Germany, $420 million from Norway, $326 million from the Netherlands, and $300 million from South Korea.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "The strategy, which I am proud to launch today, will help to build resilient and healthy societies. We have shown that our partnership can yield concrete results. I, and the entire UN system, remain dedicated to saving and improving the lives of the most vulnerable among us."
The announcement came after adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by world leaders, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to wipe out extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.