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[Editorial] Towards 2030: counting and accountability matter

The UN Summit for the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) concluded last week amid ongoing criticism and open admission that the private sector heavily influenced the process. The SDGs, however, are here to stay, and provide an opportunity for broader accountability in health and development. Many of the targets under SDG goal three “to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages”, rely directly on measures of mortality. These include reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 livebirths, and reducing neonatal mortality to at least 12 per 1000 livebirths and under-5 mortality to 25 per 1000 livebirths.