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UN Secretary Aims to Improve Health of Women and Children

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on May 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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 UN Secretary Aims to Improve Health of Women and Children

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General initiated global efforts to improve the health of women and children.

Speaking at a meeting of the Every Woman Every Child movement here, Ban stressed the importance of mobilizing and intensifying action around the world to tackle the global challenge, reported Xinhua.

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"In the 21st century, no institution can solve global challenges on its own," Ban said.

"There is no monopoly on good ideas. That is why I believe so deeply in partnerships -- strategic partnerships."

Working with leaders from governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society, the Every Woman Every Child movement, spearheaded by the secretary-general, aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children and improve the lives of millions more.
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The three-year-old initiative provides a stage for its 260-plus partners from some 70 countries to exchange life-saving ideas and solutions, according to Ban.

"Now is the moment for old and new partners to do more -- because we are in a race against time."

Last month, Ban kicked off the 1,000-day countdown to the Millennium Development Goals deadline, a set of eight anti-poverty targets to be reached by 2015.

Source: IANS
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