Time for World Leaders, and Everyday People, to Stand Up for the MDGs
I witnessed an inspirational sight last week in Johannesburg: A committed group of Africans from seven nations demanded – in the strongest terms possible – that their governments take action to end pediatric HIV/AIDS and fulfill their longstanding pledges. These were not everyday citizens. The group – members of the Leadership Council of the Campaign to End Pediatric HIV/AIDS (CEPA) – includes prominent activist Graça Machel, as well as a former deputy national director of health for Mozambique and prominent doctors and researchers. Just the site of these lay leaders taking a stand with their governments was extraordinary.
Would you take such a stand? You can next week. That’s when global leaders will arrive in New York to attend the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals Summit. We need those national leaders to take action and to take a stand like the one taken by members of the CEPA Leadership Council.