Spencer presents award to UN Secretary-General

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua & Barbuda: Prime Minister Dr. W. Baldwin Spencer presented a South-South Award to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a luncheon award ceremony last week, in recognition for the latter’s leadership in the fight to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world.

“With today’s award we wish to commend the Secretary-General who, in September 2010, formally launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health which, among other things, provides a clear road map for making a fundamental difference in millions of lives, and envisages a broad partnership between governments, international organizations, business, researchers, philanthropists, health professionals and civil society, and has remained in the forefront ever since,” said the Prime Minister.

“What was particularly remarkable about the launch was the ability of the Secretary-General to have stakeholders, including government, the private sector and civil society, pledge over US$40 billion in resources for women’s and children’s health, resources that can be used to invest in women’s and children’s health, while at the same time create a multiplier effect across the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added.

In accepting the award, Ban underscored his continuing commitment to the issue of placing maternal and child health at the top of the development agenda, and championing the call for investing in women and girls to meet the MDGs. He also cited the progress made in various countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean and reiterated his pledge to do everything possible to ensure that the UN system does its part in delivering on the promise by all stakeholders of health and a better future for every woman and every child.

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