African Union Summit on Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development

19-27 JULY 2010 | KAMPALA, UGANDA


Speeches

Several key speeches highlighted maternal, newborn and child health, as well as the Joint Plan of Action.

25 July - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Dr Asha-Rose Migiro at ALMA (African Leaders Malaria Alliance)

“In April 2008, the Secretary-General set a goal of providing universal access to malaria control interventions by the end of this year. That target is within reach. I would like to take a moment to thank President Kikwete in particular for his leadership of ALMA and his commitment to ensure the future of Africa's children by conquering malaria. The United Nations is your partner on this path. The fight against malaria is an integral element of the Secretary-General’s Joint Action Plan for women’s and children’s health, which will be finalized for the Millennium Development Goal summit in September.”

The fight against malaria is an integral element of the Secretary-General’s Joint Action Plan for women’s and children’s health, which will be finalized for the Millennium Development Goal summit in September.”

26 July - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Dr Asha-Rose Migiro

“I must admit that I had some problems in preparing my remarks for this evening. I did not expect that. The subject of my talk – the health of African women and children – is straightforward. There are voluminous reports … abundant political pronouncements. And yet, I struggled.

Maybe because this subject is so personal to me, I was forced to think more deeply than usual about what I would say. I am a woman from Africa. I will always consider myself a child of Africa. I can not speak only as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you as a fellow African. ....

As we try to raise funds, we should also make the most of the resources we have. With that in mind, the Secretary-General has launched a Joint Action Plan for Women’s and Children’s Health. I made reference to this plan yesterday and today when I had the privilege of addressing you in different fora.

Please read this plan and give it your full support at the MDG Summit in September.”