UN-civil society forum calls for urgent action to improve global health

UN-civil society forum calls for urgent action to improve global health


“The citizens of the world depend on the
political will and moral commitment of governments and parties
at all levels.” That was the message from
Chairperson Mary Norton, at the 63rd United Nations
DPI/NGO conference which just concluded in Melbourne, Australia. The Department of Public Information and
1700 Non-governmental Organizations focused on global health. They noted that despite some progress,
the Millennium Development Goals are significantly off track for
many of the world’s poorest people. They called for action to reduce
child and maternal mortality and the spread of HIV/AIDS,
and to guarantee universal access to reproductive health care. The NGOs will continue to pressure
governments and the private sector to deliver on their pledges
to the more than 1 billion people
living in poverty. They urged Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
to address global health at the General Assembly’s MDG summit
later this month.

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