Women Deliver and Partners Plan to Urge UN Delegates to Accelerate Action on the MDGs

WD_program_Page_1.jpgDriving forward the momentum gathered from a successful second global conference, Women Deliver is organizing a side event, “Accelerating Action on the MDGs: Delivering for Girls, Women and Babies”, for delegates to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). On Sunday, September 19th from 9:30-11:30am, a day before the Special Session begins, UN member country delegates, NGOs, corporations, donors, UN agencies, youth leaders and media will gather in New York City to discuss progress made on the Millennium Development Goals as well as concrete steps to be taken.  

Through featured speakers and round-table discussions, participants will focus on commitments to MDGs 5, 4 and 6; provide messages that can be incorporated in member country oral statements at the UNGASS; and promote networking and collaboration between governments, corporations, NGOS, and youth at the country level.

Speakers include (Download the full program):

  • Dr. Fred Sai, a Ghanaian family health physician and Honorary Co-Chair of the Women Deliver 2010 conference
  • Graça Machel, a renowned international advocate for women’s and children’s rights
  • Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO of the Group, Vestergaard Frandsen, a leading innovator of emergency response and disease-control textiles
  • Imane Khachani, a physician from Morocco, Chief Project Officer for the Moroccan Agency for Social Development, and a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
  • Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, managing director of the World Bank
  • Purnima Mane, Deputy Executive Director (Programme) for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The key messages to be highlighted include:

•    Women deliver enormous social and economic benefits to their families, communities, and nations.
•    We have short-term and long-term cost effective solutions to help achieve the MDGs.
•    Delivering these solutions requires country-level actions:  political and financial.
•    Synergistic benefits accrue to all MDGs when progress is made on MDGs 5, 4, and 6 [as well as 2 and 3].
•    Delegates are encouraged to support and be part of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy on Women and Children’s Health.

The co-hosts for this event include UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, World Bank, and World Health Organization, as well as AMREF USA, CARE, Family Care International, GAVI, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Jhpiego, Population Action International (PAI), Pangaea, PATH, Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD Africa), Save the Children, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (IEPFPD), The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, The Susan G. Komen Global Health Alliance, United Nations Foundation, White Ribbon Alliance, and Women Deliver (organizing partner).  

Women Deliver also thanks the supporters of Women Deliver 2010: Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Danish International Development Agency (Danida), Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Pfizer, Qiagen, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development (DFID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Vestergaard Frandsen.

Capacity is limited, and participation is by invitation only.

Download the Women Deliver Pocket Card with messages around MDG5 to share with your Ministers and Ambassadors before they arrive in New York. If you’d like to make a commitment to maternal health or any of the MDGs, please leave a comment below along with your name, country, and affiliation, and we will display your pledge at the brunch.

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    • Aug 12
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    Congratulations. It’s such a great and tough challenge for the women, girls and babies asthe end beneficiaries.

    However, it would be more meaningful if the MBO’s, membership based organizations are represented in this great gathering.

    MBO’s are the reality economy. My organization is an MBO, an informal sector organization. It is in the informal sector where problems we are facing are prevalent.

    Thus, although the conference is by invitation, may I apply for the sake of the infomal sector communities.

    Your consideration is most appreciated.

    Susanita Tesiorna

  1. This is a very important issue to address. We profile the challenges of rural communities in Murewa, and one of them relate o infrastructure as a barrier for access to services, such as roads, communication etc. This combines with other problems like recovery from the recent political, economic and humanitarian crisis, lack of information and existing gender inequalities.
    Community initiatives such as RMT’s targetted work in 30 villages requires nurturing and partnerships. More information on htttp://

    • Aug 16
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    I would request the participants to take concrete decision to initiate TBA (Traditional Birth Attendant)training specially in the third world countries which can drastically reduce the mortality rate of both mothers and their children in the poor countries. Bangladesh is one such a successful country who was benefited a lot from this program in the 80s though unfortunately the succeeding govt. abandoned the program.
        We will also be interested to participate in the conference, if you invite.
    A.K.M. Jahangir Alam
    Director- MAUCHAK

  2. its interesting work. it pays to invest in women and girls. lets invest in our future

    • Aug 17
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    Congratulation and wish all the best for the succesful outcomne of the events. One point to work on could be” how to create ownership in the program among all stakeholder service provider, Program supporter, as well as benificiaries of the program.


    • Sep 19
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    What an amazing event! congratulations to WOMEN DELIVER!

    • Oct 05
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    Who will SAVE our child mother

    • Oct 06
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    Great job! Keep it up to make a positive change in the lives of neglected, disadvantaged and deprived women and girls of the world including our country .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    • Oct 11
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    hi, really enjoyed and agreed with the thoughts expressed in the interview in the times of india of jill sheffield.. any plans of working in india i would be iterested..

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