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Selected Provisions from the Draft Ministerial Declaration: Implementing the
internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to public health

5 June 2009
10 a.m.

Paragraph 8: We recognize that social determinants play a central role in health outcomes and call for action to address the underlying causes of inequities.

Paragraph 29: We recognize the fast growing threat of NCDs and their grave social and economic consequences, which place a serious financial burden on societies. Tackling it constitutes one of the major challenges for development in the twenty-first century. We call for urgent action to implement the global strategy for the prevention and control of NCDs and its related action plan.

Paragraph 31: While welcoming the progress made in the past decade in advancing global health, we express concern on the lack of progress on some goals, particularly MDG 4 and 5. We are deeply concerned at the slow progress in improving maternal and newborn health, and that maternal death remains the largest inequity in the world and call for an integrated approach to reverse this trend, including for actions to childhood illness.

Paragraph 33: We call for action to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and concerted action for equal access of women and girls to education, basic services, economic opportunities and, decision making at all levels.

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