14 Jun 2012

Global leaders to chart course towards the end of preventable child deaths

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The governments of the United States, India and Ethiopia will in collaboration with UNICEF convene the Child Survival Call to Action in Washington D.C. 14-15 June 2012.

The Call to Action brings together 700 leaders and global experts to launch a sustained effort to save children's lives. The untold story of child survival is that the global community now has the combined knowledge, innovations, technical know-how and affordable tools to end preventable child deaths. Evidence shows that it is possible to decrease under-five mortality rates in developing countries to levels approaching those in wealthier countries, and to reduce disparities between the poorest and wealthiest children within nations.
The Call to Action challenges the world to reduce child mortality to below 20 child deaths or fewer per 1,000 live births in every country by 2035.  Reaching this historic target will have saved an estimated, additional 45 million children’s lives between 2010 and 2035, bringing the world closer to the ultimate goal of ending preventable child deaths. 
The Call to Action forum will launch Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, a pledge to accelerate declines in maternal and child mortality.Through national action and international cooperation, governments and partners renew the world’s commitment to give every last child the best possible start in life.
The press conference is ahead of two days of discussions on 14-15 June at the Child Survival: Call to Action. On 14 June, there will also be a special announcement by actor, director and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative Ben Affleck.
WHEN: Wednesday, 13 June, 2:15 pm EDT telephone press conference.
WHO: Speakers include Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Government of Ethiopia; Anuradha Gupta, Permanent Secretary, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director; and Rajiv Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development.
Child Survival: Call to Action Conference AgendaThursday and Friday, 14-15 June 9:00 am—5:00 pm EDT.
WHERE: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
The two days of events will be Livestreamed at: http://www.apromiserenewed.org
Background:Ten years after the UN General Assembly passed the landmark resolution on A World Fit for Children, A Promise Renewed aims to build on the global success in reducing preventable child deaths and renew political will to get the job done. By pledging support for A Promise Renewed, partners vow to redouble efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 by 2015 and to reduce child mortality in all countries, achieving 20 or fewer under-five deaths per 1,000 live births by 2035, with a focus on reaching the most disadvantaged and hardest-to-reach children in every country.

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