STATEMENT by H.E. Jan Eliasson .pdf
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THE DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL
REMARKS AT HOLIDAY RECEPTION FOR THE AFRICAN
LEADERS MALARIA ALLIANCE
New York, 18 December 2015
Your Excellency, former President Kikwete of Tanzania,
Ms. Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of the African
Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA),
Your Excellency, Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative
of Ethiopia and Chair of the ALMA Steering Committee,
Friends of ALMA,
Thank you for inviting me to this important event.
Many of us were together a few weeks ago to celebrate
our success in the fight against malaria. I am grateful to all
of our partners, especially our friends from Roll Back
Malaria, for leading this life-saving journey.
I offer congratulations to all of you. The African Leaders
Malaria Alliance deserves major credit for the achievements
of the past 15 years. Global malaria mortality rates have
been cut by 60 percent. More than 6 million lives have been
saved. Most of these are children – so by combating malaria
we have helped to secure the future.
These successes show the power of the ‘malaria model’
– where partners join forces for concrete results. The targets
were realistic and ambitious. Most importantly, we reached
This is extremely important now, on the eve of 2016. If
2015 was the time for setting the stage for global action, 2016
has to be the year for delivery and implementation. The
Malaria challenge proved the power of the MDGs in
mobilizing a global coalition. We need that spirit of
engagement and solidarity even more now as we begin to
carry out the new transformative Sustainable Development
As an important part of that historic project, we must
continue the fight against malaria. Today, we must do more
than celebrate – we must recommit to reaching the 2030
Agenda malaria target and a world free of malaria deaths.
Nearly 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still do
not have insecticide-treated nets. This is an unacceptable
injustice. So is the fact that at least 15 million pregnant
women do not receive the treatment they need to stay
healthy and protect their babies.
This could be a boost to social progress and could
unlock up to four trillion dollars in economic potential over
the next 15 years.
But the immeasurable value from saving lives is
exponentially higher. To live a healthy life is a human right.
All human beings deserve a life of dignity. Nobody must be
So, thank you – all members of ALMA and all partners.
Let us keep running, at even higher speed, until we cross the
Happy holidays to all.
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