With the target date only five years away, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called world leaders together to review progress and accelerate action on these eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The 2010 United Nations Summit on Millennium Development Goals, at which Canada was a full participant, took place in New York from September 20 to 22.
While representing Canada at many of the meetings during the Summit, Minister Oda also participated in the side event 1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future—Partnering to Reduce Child Undernutrition and took part in the roundtable Accountability and Transparency to achieve the MDGs.
The goal of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health—to accelerate progress on saving the lives of women and children in developing countries—aligns with the goal of the Muskoka G-8 Initiative for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health announced earlier this year.
In June 2010, Canada led G-8 and non G-8 leaders to commit $7.3 billion to mobilize global action in reducing maternal and infant mortality and improving health of mothers and children in the world's poorest countries. Canada is providing $1.1 billion in new funding as part of the Muskoka Initiative and $1.75 billion in ongoing maternal and child health spending—a contribution of nearly $3 billion over the next five years.