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Millennium Development Goals
UN Summit, 20-22 September, New York

Notice: The President of the UN General Assembly will hold a Special Event towards achieving the MDGs at UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2013, during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. For information, visit the MDG Special Event page

Special Event in NY 25 September 2013

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The MDGs at Work

Mother and child in Guinea

Child mortality (MDG 4) has been reduced, but not quickly enough to reach the target. Maternal mortality (MDG 5) remains high in much of the developing world. (UN Photo: Guinea)

2010 UN Summit

The 2010 United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concluded with the adoption of a global action plan to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals by their 2015 target date and the announcement of major new commitments for women’s and children’s health and other initiatives against poverty, hunger and disease. The outcome document of the three-day Summit – Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals– reaffirms world leaders’ commitment to the MDGs and sets out a concrete action agenda for achieving the Goals by 2015.

In a major push to accelerate progress on women’s and children’s health, a number of Heads of State and Government from developed and developing countries, along with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations, pledged over $40 billion in resources over five years. The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health – a concerted worldwide effort initiated by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – has the potential of saving the lives of more than 16 million women and children, preventing 33 million unwanted pregnancies, protecting 120 million children from pneumonia and 88 million children from stunting due to malnutrition, advancing the control of deadly diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, and ensuring access for women and children to quality health facilities and skilled health workers.

“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,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “Today we are witnessing the kind of leadership we have long needed.”

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"We must not fail the billions who look to the international community to fulfil the promise of the Millennium Declaration for a better world. Let us meet in September to keep the promise." -- UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
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