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Women Deliver Conference Wraps Up With Call For Continued Investments In Girls, Women

“Women Deliver 2013 concluded [Thursday] with a call for continued investments in girls and women,” a Global Health Strategies press release/AllAfrica.com reports. “The final day of Women Deliver 2013 focused on the critical need to prioritize girls and women in the lead-up to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline and beyond,” the press release states, noting, “The appeal for action came one day before the United Nations’ High-Level Panel is expected to announce its recommendations for the post-2015 development framework” (5/30). “Investing in the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls will help accelerate the achievement of the [MDGs] and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, United Nations senior officials said” at the conference Thursday, the U.N. News Centre writes.

“We need — in governments, legislatures, and public administrations – more people who will lead on these issues,” U.N. Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, said in her remarks, the news service adds (5/30). “The [UNFPA] and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) on Thursday said they aim to improve health infrastructure, boost the quality of health care workers, develop efficient distribution systems and ensure affordable supplies in [several] countries,” Thomson Reuters Foundation notes, adding, “The work will target Bolivia, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, and the Pacific Islands” (Win, 5/30).