WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM PONDERS ON GIRLS’ RIGHTS FOR MDGS
UN, States, business, and civil society met in order to prioritize the Rights of Girls as part of the Millennium Development Goals.
During the meeting, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General and UN officials met MDG Advocacy Group and heads of governments to discuss the issue of girls’ rights as an accelerator of MDGs.
The participant parties and people demanded the health and education of adolescent girls and announced their plans for the issue in the less than 700 days remaining to the end of MDGs.
"This is more than a philanthropic issue. This is a challenge to do business better. It is a chance to change institutions so they reflect more enlightened attitudes about girls and include strategies to improve their lives” said Ban Ki-moon to business leaders.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway joined the event as the new Co-chair of the MDG Advocacy Group, pointed to girls’ education as a means of social progress while President Paul Kagame of Rwanda made points on adolescent girls’ health issues as one of the priorities.
The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria Ray Chambers announced the new plan that requires reaching 1.2 million children in health issues in the next two years and a million more death aversion.
The participants signed the Girl Declaration at the end of the session supporting girls’ issues to be included in the next MDGs that will replace the present one in 2015.