New York, 23 September 2010 – The President of the republic of Slovenia Dr Danilo Türk attended the signature event - a high-level panel entitled, ‘Children and the Millennium Development Goals: Reaching the Most Vulnerable which took place in UNICEF headquarters in New York. The event was focused on recent data revealing inequities that still exist for children in the developing world.
UNICEF’s latest ‘Progress for Children’ report argues that focusing on the poorest and most marginalized children and families is not only the right thing to do but also the most cost-effective way to meet the MDGs. A related UNICEF study, ‘Narrowing the Gaps to Meet the Goals,’ shows that 60 per cent more deaths of children under the age of five could be prevented by targeting aid to those in the most remote areas.
President Dr Türk in his address pointed out that the inequity does not exist in developing countries alone. He spoke to the issue of the Roma people, an ethnic minority group that frequently suffers discrimination in Europe.
‘There are pockets of poverty in Europe, and groups that have disadvantaged for a very long time,’ he said. ‘Sometimes it’s very difficult to address their problems for a variety of political, cultural and other reasons. He added that UNICEF, with equity and identification of the vulnerable, provides a point of departure for that.”
Other panelists were also Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, Minister of Brazil’s Human Rights Secretariat, Paulo Vannuchi and Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake. Event was moderated by CNN correspondent Jim Clancy.