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Global leaders to chart course towards the end of preventable child deaths


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The governments of the United States, India and Ethiopia will in collaboration with UNICEF convene the Child Survival Call to Action in Washington D.C. 14-15 June 2012.

The Call to Action brings together 700 leaders and global experts to launch a sustained effort to save children's lives. The untold story of child survival is that the global community now has the combined knowledge, innovations, technical know-how and affordable tools to end preventable child deaths. Evidence shows that it is possible to decrease under-five mortality rates in developing countries to levels approaching those in wealthier countries, and to reduce disparities between the poorest and wealthiest children within nations.

The Call to Action challenges the world to reduce child mortality to below 20 child deaths or fewer per 1,000 live births in every country by 2035.  Reaching this historic target will have saved an estimated, additional 45 million children’s lives between 2010 and 2035, bringing the world closer to the ultimate goal of ending preventable child deaths. 

The Call to Action forum will launch Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, a pledge to accelerate declines in maternal and child mortality.  Through national action and international cooperation, governments and partners renew the world’s commitment to give every last child the best possible start in life.

For details of A Promise Renewed, please visit: http://www.apromiserenewed.org

A telephone press conference on Wednesday, 13 June, with all material embargoed for use until 00:01 EDT on Thursday, 14 June.

The press conference is ahead of two days of discussions on 14-15 June at the Child Survival: Call to Action. On 14 June, there will also be a special announcement by actor, director and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative Ben Affleck.

Wednesday, 13 June, 2:15 pm EDT telephone press conference.

Speakers include Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Government of Ethiopia; Anuradha Gupta, Permanent Secretary, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director; and Rajiv Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development.

Child Survival: Call to Action Conference Agenda
Thursday and Friday, 14-15 June 9:00 am—5:00 pm EDT.

WHERE: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

The two days of events will be Livestreamed at: http://www.apromiserenewed.org

14 June (confirmed speakers, in speaking order)

Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Government of Ethiopia
Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator, Republican-Georgia
Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State (opening keynote speaker)
Ben Affleck, Actor, Director, and Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative
Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Julio Frenk, Dean, School of Public Health, Harvard University

Panel Discussion - A New Approach to Ending Preventable Child Deaths
Linda Douglass, The Atlantic - moderator
Maria Da Luz Guebuza, First Lady of Mozambique
Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization
Andrew Mitchell, UK Secretary of State for International Development
Ray Chambers, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria
Chris Elias, President Global Development, Gates Foundation

Spotlight Speakers
Shanaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan
Denis McDonough, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor

Panel Discussion - Bending the Curve: The Role of Innovation and the Private Sector
Femi Oke, International Correspondent, WNYC Radio - moderator
HRH the Infanta Cristina of Spain, Director of International Programmes, "la Caixa" Foundation
John Cahill, CEO McCann
Una Ryan, CEO Diagnostics
Geralyn Ritter, SVP, Merck

Spotlight Speaker
Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator, (Democrat, Louisiana)

Panel Discussion - Meaningful Involvement of Civil Society and the Faith Community
Femi Oke, International Correspondent, WNYC Radio - moderator
Bishop Sunday N. Onuoha, Executive Director, Nigerian Interfaith Action Association
Kay Warren, Co-Founder of Saddleback Church
Carolyn Woo, President, Catholic Relief Services
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President, New York Board of Rabbis
Cleopatra John Byarugaba, Director U Report, Uganda
Ishtiaq Mannan, MaMoni-Integrated Safe Motherhood, Newborn Care and Family Planning
Project, Save the Children, Bangladesh

Spotlight Speakers
Zulfiquar Bhutta, Countdown to 2015
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary
Anthony Lake, Executive Director UNICEF

B-roll and events of the day will be recorded, packaged, and delivered on:

Updates and photos will be posted on the Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/APromiseRenewed

Ten years after the UN General Assembly passed the landmark resolution on A World Fit for Children, A Promise Renewed aims to build on the global success in reducing preventable child deaths and renew political will to get the job done. By pledging support for A Promise Renewed, partners vow to redouble efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 by 2015 and to reduce child mortality in all countries, achieving 20 or fewer under-five deaths per 1,000 live births by 2035, with a focus on reaching the most disadvantaged and hardest-to-reach children in every country.

Interested media must be registered in advance of the event. For more information and to register, please contact:
Jeffrey Springer at 5thBDay@usaid.gov
Kamyl Bazbaz, Press director and Spokesman, USAID at kbazbaz@usaid.gov

And register through this link:

For further information or requests, please contact:
Peter Smerdon, UNICEF New York, + 1 212 303 7984,
Sarah Crowe, Spokesperson for the Executive Director, + 1 212 326 7206,




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