Miles, Shriver: Leaders Stood Up for Basic Human Rights at 41st G7 Summit

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 8, 2015) — Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles and Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver issued the following statement today on the results achieved at the 41st G7 Summit.

“Today G7 leaders have shown real political leadership and have stood up for basic human rights by making several important commitments, including on maternal, newborn and child health, Ebola and strengthening health systems, food and nutrition security, and the post-2015 development framework – sending a clear signal ahead of the Financing for Development conference in July in Addis Ababa and UN General Assembly in September in New York.”

Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network have been working together with other NGOs and governments in all G7 countries in the lead-up to the Summit. Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network also called on the G7 leaders and invited Heads of State to commit to building sustainable and resilient health systems, particularly those devastated by Ebola; work toward universal health coverage; accelerate progress toward the six globally agreed World Health Assembly nutrition targets by committing to a bold goal of reducing hunger and malnutrition; and ensure that funding gaps are closed by both donors and national governments, including by tackling tax avoidance. In particular, we welcome the G7 leaders’ commitment to end preventable child and maternal deaths worldwide.

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