UN Launches 500 Days Of Action To Build A Better World

first_imgWith Malala Yousafzai by his side, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday marked 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the “MDGs.”Ban Ki-moon with Malala Yousafzai and ABC News anchor Amy Robach Credit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“Action now will save lives, build a solid foundation for sustainable development far beyond 2015 and help lay the groundwork for lasting peace and human dignity,” the Secretary-General said at a special event at the UN Headquarters in New York.He was joined by more than 500 young people, including Ms. Yousafzai, who became an education advocate after being attacked by the Taliban on a school bus.“The ideas and inspiration of young people have been especially critical in this effort and their role must grow even more,” Mr. Ban said, underscoring the progress made in development and the importance of youth involvement in national plans to accomplish even more.The eight MDGs, agreed by world leaders at UN summit in 2000, are described as a 15-year roadmap to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment and expand education, basic health and women’s empowerment.“Against the predictions of cynics, the MDGs have helped unite, inspire and transform,” Mr. Ban noted. He highlighted that poverty has been cut in half, more girls attend school, and fewer people are dying from malaria, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases.Inequality remains a challenge, however, as does childbirth, maternal mortality, universal education, and environmental sustainability, according to a report Mr. Ban presented to Member States in July.“Now is the time for MDG Momentum,” the UN chief stressed, noting that the international community now has many more tools at its disposal than when the targets were created, ranging from the expanding reach of technology to the growing understanding of what works and what does not.In recognition of the day, members of the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group – including Bob Geldof, Graça Machel, Jeffrey Sachs, Ted Turner and more – released the following statement:“The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history, opening the doors of opportunity to millions of people around the world. Over the next 500 days, our mission is clear: Keep the MDG momentum going so we pave the path for an end to extreme poverty. While we’ve come far, we have farther to go. We have an opportunity in the next 500 days to accelerate action on issues such as poverty, health, access to education, hunger, water and sanitation, and gender equality. We also have the chance to lay a strong foundation for the development agenda that will follow the MDGs.“As MDG Advocates, our aim is to foster support for and commitment to these important goals among governments, civil society, and the private sector. We look forward to publishing our MDG Advocates report next month at the UN General Assembly, which will include the viewpoints of leaders from around the globe to help focus our efforts as we move toward the MDG target date. We will need the partnership of leaders from all sectors of society if we hope to continue to make the kinds of gains that we have seen in recent years.“While our commitment to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges will continue far beyond the next 500 days, we must use this moment to encourage the world to accelerate progress and work with unfailing determination to reach these important targets. Please join us by taking part in the worldwide movement for #MDGMomentum and learn more by visiting www.mdg500.org.”last_img read more

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Pink Named As UNICEF Ambassador

first_imgThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the appointment of the newest UNICEF Ambassador, GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist P!nk, who will build on her current role as the UNICEF Kid Power National Spokesperson to raise awareness about UNICEF’s lifesaving health and nutrition programs around the world.As a UNICEF Ambassador, P!nk will use her voice to encourage families across the United States to get active and save lives with UNICEF Kid Power, the world’s first wearable-for-good. She will also educate the public about UNICEF’s global health and nutrition programs, and highlight UNICEF’s role in fighting global malnutrition, which impacts 159 million children worldwide.“As a mom myself, it’s devastating to know that children are suffering because they don’t have adequate nutrition. All children should be able to grow up strong and healthy, with the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said P!nk. “As a UNICEF Ambassador, I want to use my platform to help end global malnutrition, which is why I’m so excited about UNICEF Kid Power – which gets kids and families involved in saving children’s lives.”By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world.In July 2015, P!nk traveled to Haiti with UNICEF to witness first-hand the transformative impact that therapeutic food can have on malnourished children, who can be successfully treated in their own communities, and see the progress that has been made for children since an earthquake devastated the country in 2010. She visited a health center for infant care where mothers can have their children vaccinated, as well as examined and treated for severe acute malnutrition and attend breastfeeding courses. P!nk was also introduced to other UNICEF programs, including education initiatives and polio, diphtheria and whooping cough immunizations programs.“We are thrilled to have P!nk join us as the newest UNICEF Ambassador,” said Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “As a passionate advocate for children and healthy living, P!nk demonstrates a deep commitment to our mission to put children first. We are excited that she is shining a light on the critical issue of malnutrition – which affects 1 in 4 children around the world – while continuing to support UNICEF Kid Power, and encourage families across the country to be part of the solution.”In her new appointment as a UNICEF Ambassador, P!nk joins a roster of celebrities who have advocated for children on behalf of UNICEF, including Audrey Hepburn, Tea Leoni, Sarah Jessica Parker, Laurence Fishburne, Alyssa Milano and Selena Gomez.P!nk (Alecia Moore) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She has released 7 records, sold over 40 million albums, 74 million singles, and has had 14 top 10 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. She is the recipient of 3 Grammy Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 MTV Europe Awards, 2 People’s Choice Awards, and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013. Her 2012 album, The Truth About Love, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as in 6 other countries. P!nk made her acting debut in Lionsgate’s Thanks For Sharing alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo in 2012.In addition to her work as a UNICEF Ambassador, she is a supporter of various charities including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Make-A-Wish Foundation, PETA, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign, and No Kid Hungry.last_img read more

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