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Saving the Lives of Women and Children: Progress on MDGs

22 January 2013
Author: UNFPA

Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children

Since 2007, the Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals has brought together a number of actions and initiatives, all aimed at fulfilling the promises given by world leaders in the Millennium Declaration in 2000.

Since then, the campaign has issued regular updates on progress on women's and children's health.

The latest, Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children, reports on the significant developments and new commitments since 2010, when the United Nations Secretary-General launched his Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health.

"Such national initiatives as Saving One Million Lives in Nigeria, the National Rural Health Mission of India and Safe Motherhood in Malawi are characterized by strong national political backing at the highest level and clear national priority setting," write Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway in their joint overview to the report.

The report examines how such groundbreaking initiatives can be further developed in a coordinated and effective manner in order to accelerate the significant progress that is now being made in reducing maternal and child deaths.

The report has contributions from the UN Secretary-General, Heads of States and Governments and other Global Leaders from UN agencies, Funds and Foundations, Regional and Parliamentary organizations, Private sector and Civil Society organizations, and a thematic article on the Progress on MDG 4 and 5; Insights from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.

The 2013 report is will be launched at the conference Accelerating Progress: Saving Women's and Children's lives in the coming Decade in Oslo 22nd January 2013.