Speaking at the 43rd World Economic Forum, Bill Gates said that positive advances have been made in the reduction of international child mortality.
The former head of Microsoft believes that further improvements are to come.
“We’ve improved the human condition faster than ever before,” he said, referring to the impact of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and specifically MDG number four, which addresses child mortality.
“At the base year 1990, 12 million children died every year. By 2015, it will be below 6 million,” he stated.
Gates spoke on a panel which included Secretary-General to the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan among others.
Cameron noted the importance of using the three years remaining until the MDG’s 2015 deadline in a wise manner. He echoed other panelists and praised the simplicity and accountability of the goals and warned of not over complicating them when they are updated in the future.
Queen Rania stated her belief that equality in education is crucial, saying that young people need 21st century skills to reach their potential.
“Good teachers teach,” she said. “But great teachers transform.”
The 43rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is taking place from 23 to 27 January under the theme Resilient Dynamism.
Over 2,500 participants from over 100 countries are taking part in the meeting. Participants include almost 50 heads of state or government and more than 1,500 business leaders.