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Achieving the MDGs with equity

Launch of the findings of a new study “Narrowing the Gaps to Meet the Goals” and UNICEF’s flagship data report “Progress for Children”

Report is embargoed until 00:01 am GMT, Tuesday 7 September 2010

Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
Carolyn Miles, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Save the Children

Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, United Nations, New York, NY 10017

Tuesday, 7 September 2010, 1:30 to 2:20 pm

UNICEF is announcing the findings of a new study into the impact of an equity approach to achieving the MDGs and its flagship data-based publication “Progress for Children: Achieving the MDGs with Equity.”

UNICEF’s flagship report on progress towards the MDGs presents alarming evidence of growing disparities in the lives of children across a wide range of indicators. The report assesses three primary factors – poverty, gender and geographic location of residence – which greatly affect a child’s chances of growing up healthy, protected and educated. The findings of the new study show how an equity-based approach – focusing on the needs of the most disadvantaged children, can be a cost effective strategy to reach MDGs 4 and 5 (reducing child and maternal mortality).

Attention broadcasters:

Video footage and high resolution images will be available free of charge at www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef

For further information, to arrange an interview or to obtain a copy of the report, please contact:
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, New York,
Tel  + 1 212 326 7452,

Janine Kandel, UNICEF Media, New York,
Tel + 1 212 326 7684,




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