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The millennium goals call for action that is intersectoral, integrated, and focused on equity

[25/05/2006]

The Pan American Health Organization, as the world’s oldest international health agency (1902), America’s regional office of the World Health Organization and the Health Organization of the Inter-American System, has been at the forefront in the regional fight against illness and disease for over a century.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the potential for creating synergies for development that they hold are a challenge and an opportunity for the Americas – a region that while not the poorest, is the world’s most unequal. The MDGs emphasis on addressing all forms of inequality represents a historically exceptional chance for improving the lives of million of people in the hemisphere. They are a window of opportunity to capitalize on the highest and most unambiguous level of political will. Their breadth and deadlines make them unique tool for mobilizing the efforts of developing and developed countries towards achieving measurable and tangible goals, and as a result achieving significant improvements on the lives of the most vulnerable. The core values of the MDGs are closely linked to PAHO’s values, vision, and mission and therefore are a critical element of the organization’s technical cooperation.

PAHO has long recognized that health is a necessary pre-condition for securing development. That health is a basic need that facilitates economic growth, reduces poverty, advances education, preserves the environment, promotes democracy, and secures the freedoms essential for human dignity. Indeed, Health is the human face of development. The work of the organization should therefore maximize progress towards the MDGs, and contribute to sustainable development for the people of the Americas.

I would like to invite you to review the Presentations on the MDGs:

Health Related Millennium Development Goals in Latin America and the Caribbean at the launch of the report “Millennium Development Goals: a Latin American and Caribbean Perspective,” at PAHO Headquarters, July 1, 2005

Attaining the Millennium Development Goals Challenges in Health and Environment at the Meeting of Health and Environment Ministers of the Americas, Mar del Plata – Argentina, June 2005.

Mirta Roses Periago



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