Monitoring the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals and global health goals after 2015
Intervention by Norway
Thank you Mr. Chair,
More than 10 years have passed since the establishment of the Millennium
Development Goals and targets. The goals set out are currently not fully reached and progress is uneven. Yet the global community has cause to celebrate, as we are on track to reach many of the goals.
The United Nations Secretary-Generals Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s health has given new impetus to the efforts to achieve MDG 4 and 5. It has had a significant mobilizing power, with more than 40 billion USD committed by a large number of partners so far. The main goal is to save 16 million lives by 2015.
The broad support for the Global Strategy combined with the need to track commitments and results led to the establishment of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s health in January last year.
In its final report, the Commission presented a set of recommendations for effective institutional arrangements for national and global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health. Taking these recommendations forward was the aim of the resolution under this item when it was presented to the Executive Board as a joint initiative between Canada, Senegal, Tanzania and Norway. It enjoyed the support of 56 co-sponsoring countries when it was adopted without any amendments by the Executive Board. We strongly hope that this WHA will give the resolution the same favorable consideration.
Allow me also to comment on the post 2015-agenda. Looking ahead, it will be important to keep in mind that we still have a long way to go before extreme poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality have been eradicated. Although many countries have demonstrated that progress is possible, efforts need to be intensified.
At the same time, we are facing new global challenges and the new agenda also needs to focus on the epidemics of NCDs. Our perspective must be both on prevention and on health system strengthening. Solving the challenges for health is dependent on functioning health systems that provides quality services for all. Furthermore, health challenges are closely linked with, and must be solved in connection with issues such as food security, nutrition, energy, clean air, sanitation and safe drinking water.
The new agenda should also include the security aspect of development, and thus dimensions like rule of law, human rights and good governance. We also need to take into account the changing geopolitical and economic realities that affect the political balance between countries.
But most importantly, the future development agenda will need to be clear and retain the mobilizing power of the present goals.