Momentum Generated In Achieving MDGs Must Not Be Wasted

Devex: 500 days: Make them count
Charles Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

“Five hundred days sounds like a long time, but compared with 15 years, it is the blink of an eye. And in fewer than 500 days we will reach Dec. 31, 2015, the target date of the Millennium Development Goals. … As we look to 2030, we cannot be satisfied with the progress we’ve made, no matter how improbable it seemed 15 years ago. In the twilight of the Millennium Development Goals, we have generated momentum and we must not waste it. Over the next 500 days, we must work harder than ever to raise awareness and strengthen the resolve of the global community so that we accomplish even more over the next 15 years. What we are able to achieve and express as a global community in these next 500 days may very well define thousands of days to come. Let’s make them count” (7/31).