Now is the time to keep up the momentum. We must make our voices heard to ensure that the health and rights of women and young people get the focus they deserve, at home and abroad, as the global community decides how best to allocate attention and resources.
The ultra-poor are global development's last mile -- the last remaining households that have yet to reap any benefits from widespread economic growth, or from existing development interventions like microfinance, community health workers or community-based schools.
Three billion people live in poverty, 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty and 1 billion of those in poverty are children. The total population on the planet is currently 7 billion. If you count living on less than $10 a day, 80 percent of the world lives in inadequate conditions.
At White Ribbon Alliance, we firmly believe that women's health must stay at the heart of the post 2015 goals, not only to save lives and advance economic development, but to protect environmental sustainability, and to advance wellbeing, equity and social justice.
Donors today are no longer content to write an annual check to a charity and then tuck their checkbook in the drawer until the next year. Posting our "like" on Facebook is an easy 30-second fix, but oddly unsatisfying.
The Eminent Persons panel put forward twelve illustrative goals, ranging from 1) End Poverty to 12) Create a Global Enabling Environment, and touching in between on health, education, water, energy, and other priorities.
May was a great month for showcasing the centrality of women to every single goal on the international agenda for development and poverty eradication. Dare I call it a watershed moment? It depends on what happens next.
Adolescent pregnancy is a universal issue that occurs for many different reasons. But in nine out of 10 cases in developing countries, where complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death, the young mother is already married.
But with the Millennium Development Goals set to expire in 2015, a global conversation is underway -- from rural villages and capital cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America to the United Nations headquarters in New York City -- to discuss what will come next.