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Skoll World Forum ‘Debate & Series’ Examines Health-Related MDGs

“In the lead up to the U.N. General Assembly, the Skoll World Forum partnered with Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an online debate focused on the last 850 days before the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] expire in 2015,” the “Debate & Series” summary states, adding, “We asked some of the world’s leading experts what is one thing we must do differently or better to achieve MDGs 4, 5 and/or 6 — all focused on improving public health — by the deadline?” The series includes six opinion pieces, including articles on energy by Kandeh Yumkella, special representative of the secretary general on Sustainable Energy for All and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All; investing in women by John Clemens, executive director of the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh; tracking results by Suprotik Basu, CEO in the Office of the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria; management and public-private partnership by Gopi Gopalakrishnan, president of World Health Partners; partnerships to save the lives of women and children by Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of corporate citizenship at Johnson & Johnson; and innovation by Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH (9/4).