21 September 2017 | Statement

Leaders say action targeting women, children and adolescents key to meeting health SDG

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H.E. Ms Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile and H.E. Mr Celso Amorim, Chair of the Executive Board of Unitaid (Image: Albin Lohr-Jones/Unitaid)

New York – Over the next twelve years, the world will face an enormous challenge to ensure health for women, children and adolescents while seeking to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We therefore call on Heads of State and Government to put reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at the core of efforts to accelerate the global response against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and to reach  ambitious global health goals by 2030.

Based on successful strategies and experiences, we invite countries to attain our shared commitments by:

Meeting the challenge of achieving the SDGs and ensuring the health of women, children and adolescents is a crucial step towards bringing about healthy and robust economies, politically stable societies and resilient communities. The health of women, children and adolescents is critically important to virtually every area of human development and progress, and directly affects the success of the international community in accordance with global commitments.

H.E. Ms Michelle Bachelet                                                 H.E. Mr Celso Amorim

President of Chile                                                                 Chair of the Executive Board of Unitaid 

 Signed on the occasion of the High-level Breakfast held on 21 September 2017 during 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York

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