August 18, 2014 marks the 500 day milestone until the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight goals established by the United Nations and governments around the world tackling some of the world’s biggest problems. As the world gears up for a final push to raise awareness of the progress made through the MDGs and rally to continue the momentum, one advocacy organization working to advance the health of women and girls has made an exciting announcement.

Women Deliver – a global advocacy organization and leader in the call to advance the health and rights of women and girls – announced today that the next Women Deliver global conference  will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in May 2016. The announcement was made at the Invest in Girls and Women – Everybody Wins event held at the Danish Parliament, where Denmark’s new Strategic Framework for Gender Equality, Rights and Diversity was also launched.

“We are beyond thrilled that the Women Deliver 2016 Conference will be in Copenhagen,” said Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield. “The Danish government has played a key role in advancing girlsand womens health and rights and, with its support, this conference could catapult these issues to the forefront of the global development agenda and unify advocates from all around the world around one simple ask: Invest in girls and women – it pays.

The Women Deliver 2016 Conference – the fourth since 2007 –  marks the first large-scale global conference that will follow the launch of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recognized as a leader in convening advocates from across sectors and around the world, the 2016 conference will give advocates, researchers, policymakers, journalists, private sector leaders, and members of civil society a platform to ensure that investments in women and girls are at the heart of the post-2015 agenda.

The MDGs have been the central reference point for global development efforts and have made global poverty an urgent priority. Though the world has made progress towards achieving the MDGs, there is much work to be done, especially with regards to addressing the needs of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls.

“There has never been a better time to raise our voices in support of the health and rights of girls and women,” said Women Deliver CEO Katja Iversen. “Together, we can – and we must – create a future where all girls and women, no matter where they are born, can lead healthy, productive and happy lives.”

As we countdown the expiration of the MDGs, let’s raise our voices for the challenges that remain for women and girls around the world. Not sure how you can help? Check out the Girls’ Globe To-Do List for the Next 500 Days.

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