Pay now or pay later the saying goes. But in global education it is more serious than that. We can either increase overall ambition and resources to reflect the scale and urgency of the challenge of out-of-school children or lose actual children, communities, and in some cases entire countries because of the failure of our leaders to match their rhetoric with investments.
The past two decades have shown that it pays to invest in girls and women, and we have seen tremendous improvements in some areas. However, challenges remain, and progress has been uneven across regions and within countries.
Hi. My name is Lucinda Cross, and I am a former procrastinator. I am 10 years clean from procrastination. Please join me for a moment of silence followed by the Serenity Prayer which we will recite.
Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?
It doesn't matter what happens to any of us as long as we have dreams and believe that we can do anything that we choose to do. Having goals are what keep us going. If you have a goal and reach it, you have to set a new one or you won't have any reason to get up in the morning.
Water is life, and sanitation and hygiene are the basis of health. Yet worldwide, 748 million people don't have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people don't have basic sanitation. Each MDG can be advanced by greater inclusion of proper WASH practices, and there is more work to be done.
Our world cannot afford to sideline women any longer. Without women, strong and sustainable growth cannot be achieved. The evidence is solid. And yet no country can claim to have fully achieved gender equality.
Women's equality -- as any woman anywhere will tell you -- will never be achieved as long as girls are subject to the threats, abuse and marginalization that still happens in many places around the world.
Breastfeeding is a cornerstone of child survival, nutrition and early childhood development. Yet currently less than 40 per cent of children worldwide are exclusively breastfed for their first six months.
For the first time, some African nations are on the way to eliminating malaria, and fewer people on the continent are being infected than ever before. This means healthier children, more vibrant economies and stronger, less burdened health systems.
This year is particularly important for our work on creating a more just and equitable world. It's the deadline world leaders set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This unprecedented sum will fully fund the immunization efforts supported through Gavi from 2016 - 2020, and put implementing countries on track to immunize 300 million children in the next five years, preventing between 5 and 6 million premature deaths in the process.
Once again, 2014 demonstrated the fact that underdevelopment and poverty in large swathes of the world produce a range of intensifying crises that know no borders.
All over the world, children's chances of seeing their fifth birthday depend on where they are born, the wealth of their parents and their ethnic identity -- factors that, for them, are purely a matter of chance.
Almost half of the world's population is comprised of people under the age of 25. Young people are a powerful force for generating momentum behind global engagement, global development, and the fulfillment of the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.
In September 2000, 189 UN member states and more than 25 international organizations of public and private scope, committed themselves to the complex cause of extreme poverty reduction on a global scale.