Apr 15, 2008, 5:27 AM
United Nations boss Ban Ki Moon has said that the 21st century must be and will be different for every woman and every child, whilst launching the global strategy for women's and children's health at UN headquarters, on the margins of a high-level summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
We have said it, over and over again, that for any nation to develop faster and grow, the issue of women, the youth and the children who are the future of any nation must take centerstage in the country's development agenda.
Already, the chief United Nations diplomat, since September 22, began a massive drive to save the lives of over 16 million women and children, with more than $40 billion already committed to scale up health services world-wide.
To improve women's health and achieve the health-related MDGs, we need to address inequities, engage communities and scale up reproductive health services.
For we all know that the women in every country provide vital services to their families, communities and nations.
It is in this regard that we want to urge and encourage all nations, around the world, to give Ban Ki Moon all the support necessary.