WHO Executive Board 130th meeting. Agenda item 6.5: Monitoring the achievement of the health related Millennium Development Goals
Intervention by Norway
Looking beyond 2015, the world will be very different from 15 years ago. We are facing new global challenges such as the effects of climate change, migration, financial crises, non–communicable diseases etc., which will affect all countries regardless of development level. Health challenges are closely linked with and must be solved in connection with issues such as food security, nutrition, energy, clean air and safe drinking water.
We have seen least progress on the Millennium Development Goals in regions affected by armed conflicts and violence. It will in the future be important to include the security aspect of development. Rule of law, including human rights, infrastructure and good governance are all part of this picture.
At the same time we see changing geopolitical and economic realities that affect the political balance between countries.
The future development agenda will have to reflect and take into account all these new challenges and changing realities. It must be clear and retain the mobilizing power of the present goals. The establishment of sustainable development goals in Rio will be an important building block on the way.
Even if we start discussing the new development agenda, we must make sure to remain focused on achieving the health related MDGs in the years leading up to 2015 and beyond. The goals set out are not fully reached and some lag far behind. Yet it is important to note that much progress has been made in reducing the number of women and children dying from preventable causes in recent years. This demonstrates that our common efforts make a difference, not least the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health. The mobilizing power of the Global Strategy has been impressive.
We have now reached a point where it is vital to track results and resources, ensuring that promises are turned into effective action to improve the health of women and children worldwide. The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health has provided us with a set of recommendations which we now need to rally behind to ensure the tracking of our individual and collective efforts to 2015. For the first time we have recommendations that are related to effective institutional arrangements for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health.