Secretary-General's remarks at launch of the Global Strategy for Women's And Children's Health - "Every Woman, Every Child" [as prepared for delivery]
New York, 22 September 2010Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome. We have been building towards this day for more than a year. And in some ways, for decades.
It is a great pleasure to see so many global leaders here in today's audience. Today we are witnessing the kind of leadership we have long needed.
“Every Woman, Every Child.” This focus is overdue.
Today, with the launch of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, we have an opportunity to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people.
We know the facts.
In some countries, one woman in eight dies in childbirth.
In many parts of the world, women have yet to benefit from advances that made childbirth much safer nearly one hundred years ago.
Millions of children die from malnutrition and diseases which we have known how to treat for decades.
These realities are simply unacceptable. The 21st century must be and will be different.
We can do this by addressing the savage inequalities that affect women and children.
By expanding access to basic healthcare ? simple blood tests ? a doctor's advice ? a trained birth attendant?and immunizations.
We can make the most simple, the most powerful investment, for developing our economies, our communities and our societies.
This Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health provides a clear road map for making a fundamental difference in millions of lives.
Piecemeal approaches yield piecemeal results. We need a broad partnership.
We all have a role to play: governments, international organizations, business, researchers, philanthropists, health professionals, and civil society.
We must scale up our successes.
We must provide the resources.
Because ? investing in women's and children's health has a multiplier effect across the MDGs.
It is the best investment we can make.
Our strategy includes women's empowerment. Women must lead the way.
Because by empowering women, we empower societies.
That is why the creation of UN Women is such an important step.
And that is why I am pleased that Michelle Bachelet is here with us today [gestures towards Ms. Bachelet].
It is time to turn the tide ...
Time to right a historic wrong...
Time to deliver on the promise of health and a better future...
For every woman. Every child.
Statements on 22 September 2010
- New York, 22 September 2010 - Secretary-General's closing remarks at High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals
- New York, 22 September 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks to "Bridging the Malaria Gap : Saving Children - Supporting Women" Event - African Leaders Malaria Alliance [Delivered by the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Malaria, Ray Chambers]
- New York, 22 September 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks at MDG side event organized by UNDP - "Turning Evidence into Practice: Learning from what works to accelerate MDG Progress" [as prepared for delivery]
- New York, 22 September 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks at Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals [as delivered]
- New York, 22 September 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks to the Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group
- New York, 22 September 2010 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks at the High-level Event on Biodiversity
- New York, 22 September 2010 - Remarks by the Secretary-General on "Addressing the Global Water and Sanitation Challenge: The Key to the MDGs"