Updates from October
African ministers sign unprecedented pledge to speed access to life-saving commodities — At the ministerial meeting of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, health ministers from seven African countries committed to speed-up access to and use of 13 life-saving commodities to all women and children in their countries by 2015. Read the signed pledge in English and French. Learn more.
Launch of Saving One Million Lives Initiative in Abuja — On October 15 Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Abuja launched "Saving One Million Lives", an ambitious and comprehensive initiative to scale up access to essential primary health services and commodities for Nigeria’s women and children and building on growing international momentum behind child and maternal survival. View press releases, remarks delivered at the launch of the initiative, media coverage and additional resources.
President Jonathan, health ministers and legislators during the launch of the "Saving One Million Lives" Initiative in Abuja, Nigeria.
World Handwashing Day 2012 — On
October 15, over 200 million people were involved in celebrations in
over 100 countries around the world in celebration of Global Handwashing
Day. Learn more.
Rapper PSY joins Ban Ki-moon at reception in support of UNICEF and Every Woman Every Child — On
Tuesday October 23 rapper PSY joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a
reception held by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN in
support of UNICEF and Every Woman Every Child. Read the UN Secretary-General's remarks. Watch a video of the rapper teaching the UN Secretary General his famous "Gangnam style" dance.
World Polio Day 2012 — On the occasion of World Polio Day, we celebrated with partners the rapid declines in polio worldwide since 1985. With fewer than 200 cases in 2012, polio remains endemic in just three countries: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But if the disease is not eradicated once and for all, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed in the next 40 years. Eradication is within reach, but we must mobilize resources and join together to finish the fight. Learn how you can get involved.
United Nations Day 2012 — United Nations (UN) Day marked the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the United Nations officially came into being. Sixty-seven years later, the UN continues to work toward solving the world’s greatest challenges, including barriers to women’s and children’s health. In remarks on October UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, “let us reaffirm our individual commitment and our collective resolve to live up to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and build a better world for all.” Read more.