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Placing Women, Children At Center Of SDGs Will Help Improve More Lives Over Next 15 Years

Foreign Policy: How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Work
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Graça Machel, founder of the Graça Machel Trust, chair of the board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and a member of the U.N. Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group

“…For the SDGs to succeed and ensure that no one is left behind, we believe world leaders must keep the focus on ambitious but achievable targets centered on the health and well-being of women and children. At a minimum, we believe we must finish the work of the MDGs by setting and meeting concrete targets for child, newborn, and maternal health by 2030. … Reflecting on the progress we have seen over the last 15 years, we are optimistic about the future. In fact, we believe that if the world is deliberate about putting women and children at the center of the development agenda, we will see the lives of millions of people improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history…” (3/12).

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