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Reaffirm commitment to the well-being of all children and to their right to survival and development

Reaffirm commitment to the well-being of all children and to their right to survival and development

"Ten years ago, the United Nations General Assembly passed the landmark resolution to build 'A World Fit for Children.' That historic act has helped to save and enhance the lives of millions of children around the world. Today, we renew this promise to children.

Over the past two decades, technological advancements, increased political will, and social investments have contributed to a nearly 40% reduction in the global under-5 mortality rate. As civil society organizations working in over 150 countries, we have played a critical role in this progress by marshalling our expertise, reach, resources, and ambition. However, 7.6 million children continue to die each year, almost half in their first month of life, and most of these deaths can be prevented.

With less than three years left until the deadline for reaching the Millennium Development Goals, too many countries still lag far behind their targets for reducing newborn, child, and maternal deaths. To accelerate progress, we must intensify our efforts and sharpen our approaches.

Therefore, we, the undersigned representatives of civil society, reaffirm our commitment to the well-being of all children, and to their right to survival and development. Consistent with the Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed initiative, we pledge our support for ending preventable child deaths and call on all countries to reduce under-5 mortality to 20 or fewer under-five deaths per 1,000 live births, for every segment of society, by 2035."

The Medicus Mundi International Network signed the civil society pledge "A Promise Renewed" for reaffirmed committment to child survival.
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