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By Anja Baron and Melissa Gorelick

NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2010 – At UNICEF’s closing event for the UN Millennium Development Goals summit last night, experts and world leaders gathered to highlight the importance of reaching the world’s most disadvantaged and hardest-to-reach children in order to achieve the MDGs with equity by 2015.

Held at UNICEF headquarters in New York, the signature event – a high-level panel entitled, ‘Children and the MDGs: Reaching the Most Vulnerable’ – focused on recent data revealing inequities that still exist for children in the developing world.

UNICEF’s latest ‘Progress for Children’ report argues that focusing on the poorest and most marginalized children and families is not only the right thing to do but also the most cost-effective way to meet the MDGs. A related UNICEF study, ‘Narrowing the Gaps to Meet the Goals,’ shows that 60 per cent more deaths of children under the age of five could be prevented by targeting aid to those in the most remote areas.

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