In response to TIME Magazine’s newly released “The 2011 Time 100,” United Nations Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth released the following statement congratulating United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers for being named one of this year’s most influential people in the world.
“I commend Ray Chambers for his leadership in the international effort to end malaria. Since helping kick-off the movement to combat the deadly disease five years ago, his work has led to tremendous results. Malaria rates are dropping across Africa and 11 African countries have cut malaria rates in half. The hundreds of thousands of supporters who are part of this global fight are at the heart of our continued progress.
“UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s appointment of Ray as the Special Envoy for Malaria was a wise and important decision. In this UN role, Ray draws on his business expertise to connect the private sector with the UN’s malaria experts to help strengthen the delivery of health services. His unique approach to partnership and unwavering commitment ensures that we can prevent malaria before it takes another child’s life. This led to unprecedented support from governments, corporations, and individuals.
“As a close partner of the UN Foundation and one of the Nothing But Nets Champions we are saluting on World Malaria Day on April 25, I thank Ray for his dedication to this issue and look forward to working with him to reach our goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.”
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.