The Sustainable Development Goals should follow up on the Millennium Development Goals and focus on the needs of the poorest children, said UNICEF in its final report on the Millennium Development Goals. "The MDGs helped the world realize tremendous progress for children -- but they also showed us how many children we are leaving behind," said Anthony Lake, UNICEF executive director.
The earthquake in Nepal and its aftermath have left more than 3,900 people dead and nearly 7,200 injured. UNICEF estimates that nearly 1 million children have been "severely affected" by the disaster. Food, water and sanitation are the biggest concerns, said Christopher Tidey of UNICEF.
UNICEF on Tuesday made an urgent funding appeal to prevent as many as 200,000 children in Somalia from dying of severe malnutrition. Just $15 million of a $150 million appeal has been received, UNICEF said. "If funding is not received immediately, UNICEF will have to suspend essential life-saving health services within one month," said Christophe Boulierac, a UNICEF spokesman.
Global efforts to decrease deaths during pregnancy and childbirth are ineffective and limited by poor access to health care in the developing world, UNICEF said Thursday, and the world must work together to address the disparities. More than 500,000 expectant and new mothers die every year -- a number that has remained largely the same for the past two decades.