June 26, 2010, TORONTO—With the G20 summit opening today in Toronto, World Vision is calling upon emerging economies within the G20 to be accountable for prioritizing their own child and maternal health progress—and for all G20 nations to provide their fair share of funding and leadership within their respective regions.
G20 nations took mutual responsibility during the global economic crisis; now these nations must take mutual responsibility to make up for the serious lag in reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 on child and maternal health, the Christian humanitarian organization said.
"Financial market reform means nothing to the children dying of preventable causes. From now on, President Obama must press his G20 colleagues not only on the global economy, but on global poverty," said Robert Zachritz, Director of Advocacy for World Vision's U.S. office.
"In many G20 nations where World Vision works, we see power and wealth right next door to extreme poverty. Let’s tackle that inequity. The G20 must address the needs of the most vulnerable children and families in their own countries," Zachritz continued.
World Vision's Sue Mbaya, who travelled to Toronto from South Africa, was clear on what the aid group expected of the newly influential G20 leaders: “You can’t be called a global leader if your own mothers and children are dying from preventable causes. These goals are achievable, just look at recent progress. When there is political will, change can happen. "
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