17 de September de 2013

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed. Progress Report 2013

What’s at stake in a promise? If you’ve ever made a promise to a child, you know that she is not likely to forget it. Whether it’s a new toy or a bedtime story, she will hold you accountable for following through — as you should hold yourself.

In 2000, the global community made a promise to children to reduce the under-five mortality rate by twothirds between 1990 and 2015. With less than two years left until the deadline, our promise and our credibility are in jeopardy. If current trends continue, the world will not meet Millennium Development Goal 4 until 2028.

Hanging in the balance are the lives of the estimated 35 million children who could die between 2015 and 2028 if we do not accelerate our progress. These staggering figures are all the more tragic because the majority of child deaths are preventable.

The prospect of failing to meet Millennium Development Goal 4 is cause for outrage. But moral indignation is only meaningful if accompanied by unrelenting action. This is why in June 2012, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States rallied a broad coalition to renew the world’s promise to give every child the best possible start in life.

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