Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan , Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and in partnership with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it was announced today that a Global Vaccine Summit will be held in Abu Dhabi on April 24-25, 2013.
The Summit will endorse the critical role that vaccines and immunization play in saving lives and protecting children for a lifetime. It aims to turn a spotlight on the importance of building and maintaining powerful routine immunization systems to keep all children healthy, no matter where they live.
Despite tremendous progress, one child still dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by an existing vaccine. The Summit, held during World Immunization Week (April 24-30), will continue the momentum of the Decade of Vaccines -- a vision and commitment to reach all people with the vaccines they need.
The Global Vaccine Summit will showcase how the world is uniting to improve child health by developing better and more affordable vaccines, by providing access to existing and new vaccines, and by strengthening routine immunization.
"We must continue to immunize every child against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon. "We have seen an unprecedented level of commitment for eradicating polio from political, religious and community leaders at all levels. Together, we can and will finish the job."
At the summit, donors, global leaders and partners will demonstrate their support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative's Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018, the first comprehensive plan to lay out all the critical elements needed to achieve eradication. Ending polio is an early milestone in the global roadmap to save more than 20 million lives by 2020.