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On October 7, 2009, we launched CGD's newest report, Start With A Girl: A New Agenda For Global Health. The report, supported by the Nike Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a complement to the 2008 publication, Girls Count: An Action and Investment Agenda, and is part of a series of publications about adolescent girls' education, health, and economic empowerment in the developing world. Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health conveys the importance of adolescent girls’ health as part of a broad human rights and economic development agenda and highlights the ways in which the health risks faced by girls can be addressed through specific, high-impact actions by the international community, national governments, and civil society.
We were honored to have Belinda Stronach, Chair, The Belinda Stronach Foundation; Executive Vice-Chairman, Magna International; Board Member, Center for Global Development to give introductory remarks. Ambassador of Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer then described the administration's commitment to girls' wellbeing in developing countries, including the State Department’s current efforts and future plans. Following Ambassador Verveer’s address, authors Ruth Levine and MiriamTemin gave a brief overview of the contents of the report and a preview of the eight recommendations for promoting adolescent girls' health. A panel discussion followed with discussants Jane Ferguson,Department of Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization; Michele Moloney-Kitts,Assistant Coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Pamela Shifman,Director, Initiatives for Women and Girls, NoVo Foundation. Lawrence MacDonald, Vice President of Communications and Policy Outreach at CGD moderated the event.