UN Special Envoy for Malaria and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocate Raymond G. Chambers hosted a high-level event to hear from the leaders of business, politics, health, culture, and media who are fueling the drive to achieve the health MDGs by 2015. The evening was a dynamic, entertaining, and informative platform bringing new people, organizations, and sectors into the race to meet the MDGs. The health of women and children is at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the needs of these two populations – at once the most vulnerable members of society, and the two groups with the greatest potential to transform the world – will allow achievement of the broader goals around poverty, equality, defeating disease, and environmental sustainability.
A year ago, “Every Woman, Every Child” focused new attention on maternal and child health. Tonight is about harnessing that energy to achieve the MDGs by 2015. Significant progress has been made in some areas; less so in others. Much work remains to be done. But by looking through the lens of women and children, we can see our way to the new partnerships, bold commitments, and visionary approaches that will make the MDGs a reality.