We can and must turn this picture to reality. Right now, every country is working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and to define a new global development plan. We must seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to position gender equality, women's rights and women's empowerment firmly at the center of the global agenda.
By standing up to a terrorist, this extraordinary boy saved countless lives and should join the ranks of those whose actions define the word courage. This teenager thought his school important enough to defend and he had an instinctive sense that if the militants were allowed to destroy his school, they were taking away something valuable from his community.
Today, in scores of nations across the globe, there will be conferences, speeches and editorials to celebrate World Food Day. School children will learn all about the latest issues -- fast food versus slow food; food losses and waste; farming and global warning. Surely this is a good thing -- unless you are among the world's 842 million hungry.
What would we do differently tomorrow if we knew that the lives of 16 million women and children were at stake? Because they are. In the three years since the launch of Every Woman, Every Child, 260 entities have committed nearly $60 billion to programs intended to save and improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable women and children.