United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Honored for Leade…

NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ —

South-South News): The Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer of
Antigua and Barbuda and Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, President of South-South
News presented United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with a
recognition award at an official member state luncheon today in New York
City for his commitment and leadership in promoting the Global Strategy for
Women and Children’s Health. "Thank you for choosing me to honor with this
great award. I accept this award on behalf of the men and women working
across the globe to save millions of women, new born infants, and children,"
said the United Nations Secretary-General during his remarks.

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Led by the Secretary General, the Global Strategy for Women and
Children’s Health is a roadmap that lays out an approach for global,
multi-sector collaboration and identifies finance and policy changes needed,
as well as critical interventions urgently required to improve services
delivery and save the lives of millions of women and children around the
world.

Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, President of South-South News said, "This is
a vital year for the United Nations and the international community to gear
up efforts to accelerate progress towards MDGs 4 and 5 on Child Mortality
and Maternal Health, building on Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon’s initiative
for a ‘Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health.’"

"Hope is synonymous with what the Millennium Development Goals stand
for, hope for the global south, hope for the women and children of the
developing countries who are the present and the future," said the General
Manager of South-South News, Mildred Espinoza during the introductory
remarks.

The luncheon highlighted the importance of prioritizing the health of
those most adversely affected by crisis and poverty — women and children.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer also emphasized the need for global
cooperation in combating disease and supporting women and children all over
the world, expressing a similar urgency. "Today we recognize your
considerable effort to place the issue of addressing maternal and child
health at the top of the development agenda; your untiring commitment to
highlighting the importance of investing in women and girls to meet the
MDGs; your commitment to empowering women, who must led the way; and
finally, your personal pledge to do everything possible to ensure that the
organization which you so ably lead does its part in delivering on the
promise by all stakeholders of health and a better future for every woman
and every child," said the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda in his
closing remarks.

Alongside with South-South News and the Permanent Mission of Antigua and
Barbuda to the United Nations, the luncheon was also supported by the
governments of Tajikistan, El Salvador, Kenya, Bangladesh, Fiji, Dominica,
Zambia, Rwanda and Nigeria as well the Miami Children’s Hospital and
Foundation.

The luncheon was capped off by the Secretary General, who reminded his
guests not to forget the reason for the gathering, urging them to keep women
and children at the top of the priority list in achieving the Millennium
Development Goals.

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