Under the umbrella of the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child program, the Governments of India, Ethiopia, and the United States, together with UNICEF, will convene on June 14-15th at the Child Survival Call to Action. Hundreds of leaders and global experts will meet to discuss mobilizing political leadership in preventing child deaths, achieving a global child mortality prevention strategy which incorporates proven best practices, and sustaining collective action and mutual accountability in ending preventable child deaths. The Call to Action challenges nations to reduce child mortality to 20 child deaths or fewer per 1,000 live births by 2035, saving an estimated 45 million additional lives between 2010 and 2035.
A pledge titled Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed will be launched at the Call to Action Forum. The UNICEF-supported pledge will be signed by governments and will focus on three areas:
- Evidence based country plans, including the use of five-year milestones for maternal, newborn, and child survival to track and accelerate declines in child mortality.
- Transparency and mutual accountability by governments, civil society partners, the United Nations, and private sector partners in tracking and reporting global progress of child survival strategies
- Global communication and social mobilization, by implementing social media, publications, and other communication platforms to maintain interest and focus on ending preventable child deaths.
To bring attention to the new pledge, several organizations have begun using the #Promise4Children Twitter hashtag, along with the #5thBDay hashtag which supports the Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday campaign.
A separate Interfaith Pledge will be signed by Religions for Peace and Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty.
A webcast of the Call to Action will be streaming live online.