With the deadlines for the Millennium Development Goals and the International Conference on Population and Development’s Program of Action fast approaching, Women Deliver is calling on the entire reproductive and maternal health community—from policymakers to health workers to advocates—to participate in an online discussion to shape the future of our field. Join this critical global conversation at www.knowledge-gateway.org/womendeliver and weigh in on where we are, where we need to be, and how we need to get there.
This means taking stock of lessons learned, challenges ahead, and tackling the critical question: What will—and what must—happen to the MDGs and ICPD after 2015? Through a series of weekly, e-mail-based discussions, you will have the chance to share your thoughts, experience, and views on specific questions, like the effectiveness of global versus regional MDG targets, the role of civil society in shaping development goals, and the appropriate maternal and reproductive health indicator of tomorrow.
In addition to fueling the global discussion, your recommendations will be provided to influential stakeholders, including the UN Secretary General, UN member nations, The Lancet expert group on MDGs, and the UNFPA “ICPD Beyond 2014” working group. They will also guide our future advocacy efforts and those of the global health community as a whole, including the planning of topics and sessions for Women Deliver’s regional meetings and 2013 global conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Overarching themes to be explored during the weekly online discussions include:
• The functionality of the MDGs and whether they should be extended, modified, or discontinued
• Country-level and local perspectives on the use of MDGs and global development frameworks
• Strategies for prioritizing maternal health within a post-MDG framework
• Examining the role of civil society in reaching maternal and reproductive health goals
The online discussion—which will begin on Monday, Nov. 7 and end on Wednesday, Nov. 23—will feature comments on specific topics from high-level leaders in the field. Questions will be circulated on Mondays, conversations will conclude on Wednesdays, and all responses will be compiled and sent out in an e-mail digest. Sign up here and shape maternal and reproductive health’s future.