Driving 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.