26 September 2007

The Partnership applauds commitments made by the Governments of Norway and the Netherlands

Jen Stoltenberg, PM Norway and Jan Balkenende, PM The Netherlands

The Partnership applauds the landmark commitments made by the Governments of Norway and the Netherlands at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York to reduce deaths of women and children in developing countries and reach the health Millennium Development Goals. On 26 September, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway pledged US$ 1 billion to this cause, with an additional US$ 125 million committed by Netherlands Prime Minister Jan Balkenende, to support education and maternal health.

"These contributions are a signal of true leadership, coming at the critical mid-point towards 2015 - the time frame set by the global community to achieve the Millennium Development Goals" said Dr Francisco Songane, Director of the Partnership. "In truth, maternal, newborn and child health have struggled to attract political attention and financial investments. Today's high level commitments must inspire us to redouble our efforts to reduce child and maternal deaths in the countries most affected."

"The Partnership has been the platform for the development of the Global Campaign for Millennium Developments Goals 4 and 5 on reducing child and maternal mortality" added Dr Flavia Bustreo, Deputy-Director of the Partnership. "We look forward to other partners' commitments in the coming period, building on the major advocacy drive we have just launched, Deliver Now for Women and Children. The collective power of the Partnership's more than 180 member organizations must now be harnessed to ensure health services become available to all women and children when and where they are most needed."