NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 - UNICEF warmly welcomes the launch by Save the Children of an important new report, “Getting to Zero: how tackling inequality and governance could move us closer to finishing the job of the MDGs”.
Under the banner of Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, over 175 governments have signed a pledge, vowing to redouble efforts to stop women and children from dying of preventable causes. Hundreds of civil society organizations, including Save the Children, have signed their own pledges of support for this global effort.
In the new report, Save the Children demonstrates the critical importance of reducing inequalities and improving governance in achieving the goal of virtually eliminating preventable child and maternal deaths in the post-2015 period.
And reaching other major goals, such as reducing stunting and ensuring that all children receive a good quality education, will also depend on more equitable income distribution and improvements in the delivery of basic services.
“Save the Children’s analysis in ‘Getting to Zero’ of the paths by which major goals for children can be achieved is highly insightful, and its conclusions are very similar to our own,” said Richard Morgan, UNICEF’s senior advisor on the Post-2015 agenda. “These outcomes for children – which are central to sustainable, inclusive development in the future – will depend on equitable progress and on effective, accountable public services that benefit all groups in society”.