Save the Children calls on business to team up and deliver solutions for children

Friday 20 September 2013

The Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and the UN Global Compact, both launched in 2000, have delivered real change for children across the world but but much more needs to be done to ensure that continuing change reaches those who need it most. That’s according to Jasmine Whitbread, CEO of Save the Children International, speaking at the opening press conference of the 2013 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York.

Ms Whitbread emphasised that the world still has a long way to go to keep the promises made under the Millennium Development Goals  and the UN Global Compact. She underlined the persistent inequalities that mean Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia still account for 80% of under-5  deaths globally despite soaring economic growth in many countries in those regions.  She called for the private sector to step up its actions to help deliver on the MDG4 promise to cut child mortality by two thirds by 2015 and to adress these inequailties, including by ensuring equity is at the heart of the Post 2015 agenda.

She welcomed the Post 2015 Business Engagement Architecture being launched at the UN Global Compact but underlined that it must translate into action.

Ms Whitbread said ”The Global Compact brings together powerful companies from all over the world. 8,000 companies in over 140 countries have signed up. Imagine the potential that power has to change children's lives”

She continued "Today not only do I want to make a call for action, I want to make a call for children. Save the Children has had a long and successful history of working with the private sector.  I invite the companies, governments and other institutions represented here today to team up with us to deliver solutions for children.  Because we know that  children's rights are in every one's interests."

She highlighted a new  EURO 1.3 million Global Humanitarian Partnership agreement for 24hr emergency response, focusing on the most vulnerable children affected by a humanitarian crisis being launched today by the IKEA Foundation and Save the Children.

She said  ”This is just one example of how the private sector and civil society can work together to deliver for children. I want to see this UN Global Compact result in many more such solutions. The people gathering here today have the power to deliver them.”


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