Global Leaders to Chart Course Towards the End of Preventable Child Deaths; Special Announcement by Actor, Director and Founder of Eastern Congo Initiative Ben Affleck

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The governments of the United States, India, and Ethiopia will be convening, in collaboration with UNICEF - Child Survival: Call to Action - in Washington, D.C. from June 14-15, 2012. Over the last 50 years, child mortality has been reduced by 70 percent. However, more than 7 million children will die this year before they reach their 5th birthday. Focused on ending preventable child death through survival of newborns, children and mothers, the two-day Call to Action will convene 700 prominent leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society to kick off a long-term, business-like effort to save children's lives.

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WHAT: Child Survival: Call to Action

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, June 14-15, 2012 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Georgetown University Washington, D.C.

The invitation-only audience will consist of 700 prominent leaders from various communities involved in foreign assistance and development, including government officials, leaders from the private sector and non-government organizations (NGOs). On June 14th there will be a special announcement by actor, director, and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, Ben Affleck.

June 14th (confirmed speakers, in speaking order)

Raj Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Government of Ethiopia
Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator, R-GA
Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State (opening keynote speaker)
Ben Affleck, Actor, Director, and Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative
Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Julio Frenk, Dean, School of Public Health, Harvard University
Panel Discussion - A New Approach to Ending Preventable Child Deaths
Linda Douglass, The Atlantic - moderator
Maria Da Luz Guebuza, First Lady of Mozambique
Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization
Andrew Mitchell, UK Secretary of State for International Development
Ray Chambers, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria
Chris Elias, President Global Development, Gates Foundation

Spotlight Speakers
Shanaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan
Denis McDonough, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor

Panel Discussion - Bending the Curve: The Role of Innovation and the Private Sector
Femi Oke, International Correspondent, WNYC Radio - moderator
HRH the Infanta Cristina of Spain, Director of International Programmes, "la Caixa" Foundation
John Cahill, CEO McCann
Una Ryan, CEO Diagnostics
Geralyn Ritter, SVP, Merck

Spotlight Speaker
Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator, D-LA

Panel Discussion - Meaningful Involvement of Civil Society and the Faith Community
Femi Oke, International Correspondent, WNYC Radio - moderator
Bishop Sunday N. Onuoha, Executive Director, Nigerian Interfaith Action Association
Kay Warren, Co-Founder of Saddleback Church
Carolyn Woo, President, Catholic Relief Services
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President, New York Board of Rabbis
Cleopatra John Byarugaba, Director U Report, Uganda
Ishtiaq Mannan, MaMoni-Integrated Safe Motherhood, Newborn Care and Family Planning
Project, Save the Children, Bangladesh

Spotlight Speakers
Zulfiquar Bhutta, Countdown to 2015
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary
Anthony Lake, Executive Director UNICEF

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