Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 have spurred huge progress for women and children: over the last two decades, the number of children who die before age 5 has nearly halved and the maternal mortality ratio has declined by 47%. But less than 1,000 days remain until the 2015 deadline. But achieving the MDG 4 and 5 targets –to cut child mortality by two thirds and maternal mortality by three quarters compared to 1990 levels - means saving an additional 3.5 million children and 200,000 women from preventable death. We need to intensify our efforts now
This lively discussion, moderated by leading Al Jazeera journalist, Femi Oke, will bring together high–level decision makers from governments, the private sector, civil society, and the United Nations to identify and discuss the essential steps necessary to achieve MDGs 4 and 5 by 2015 including the need to strengthen accountability, address inequality, support innovation and learn from past successes.