Lecture by Norwegian Prime Minister

17 October 2006

The UCL International Health & Medical Education Centre (IHMEC)/Lancet Lecture, ‘Our children: The key to our future’, was given by Mr Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, on 16 October 2006.

Mr Stoltenberg’s address argued that achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 – a two-thirds reduction in child mortality by 2015 – was feasible, though it was the most ambitious goal the world community had ever set itself, and progress to date had been mixed.

The lecture was introduced by UCL President and Provost Professor Malcolm Grant and Dr Richard Horton, Editor of ‘The Lancet’, and was followed by a discussion with expert panellists from around the world.

Earlier in the day, the UCL Centre for International Health & Development (UCL CIHD) was launched at a symposium, ‘Child Survival – Challenges to Reach Millennium Development Goal 4’.

The UCL CIHD is an interdisciplinary collaboration of leading academics working on health and development in a global context, based at the UCL Institute of Child Health. Its research themes include maternal and newborn health, nutrition, children in difficult circumstances, child development and disability, HIV prevention and treatment, and evaluation of community interventions for policy and practice.

The UCL CIHD also incorporates the UCL IHMEC, which has played a leading role in introducing international health to the undergraduate medical curriculum, and for the last five years has coordinated an intercalated BSc in International Health at UCL.

To find out more about the UCL IHMEC or the UCL CIHD, use the links at the bottom of this article.