Erna Solberg: United Nations Must Work to Eradicate Polio

Beyond Polio 19 Sep , 2016 0 Comments Blog
Erna Solberg

In an op-ed, Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway and co-chair of the U.N. Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group, discusses the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda is a “plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity” whose mission it is to increase the quality of life of people worldwide, according to the U.N. While the agenda focuses on tackling extreme poverty and illiteracy, Solberg says it also focuses on polio eradication.

“Despite the remarkable progress we have made thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, spearheaded by Rotary International, our work is not yet complete,” she writes. “The existence of polio anywhere poses a threat to all of us everywhere. There are still cases of polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. In cooperation with the U.N. and other actors, these countries must do what it takes to make the final push to eradicate polio. With determination and cooperation, we can reach every last child and administer a 13-cent vaccine to ensure that children everywhere are protected from the devastating effects of the disease.”

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