I launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in September 2010 because I believed the global community could and should do more to save the lives and improve the well-being of women and children. I have been greatly encouraged by the response, including the powerful multi-stakeholder Every Woman Every Child movement. A surge of new commitments and advocacy has helped to significantly advance the health-related Millennium Development Goals. With the publication of this updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and with agreement by Member States on an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is time to build on the momentum achieved over the past five years.

Ban Ki-moon

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