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Accelerating Development Agenda Top Priority for ECOSOC

Originally posted by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

With the United Nations development agenda in transition – moving from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era towards a focus not just on poverty eradication but also on the health of the planet – the newly-elected President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) pledged to continue to strengthen that body’s role as a platform for unified dialogue on sustainable and inclusive development. Read more...

UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel Report is a Bold and Inspired Step Toward A Better World

United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin issued the following statement today on the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel’s report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda:

“The United Nations Foundation welcomes the report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda – a particularly significant and bold contribution to the development of a new framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. Read more...

High Level Task Force to be Launched as Part of ICPD

On Monday, October 1st, the new High Level Task Force will be launched as part of the goals established at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo two decades ago. The Task Force, which is comprised of 26 eminent government, civil, and private-sector leaders and is chaired by Former Presidents Tarja Halonen (Finland) and Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique), will work to promote the ICPD goals in cooperation with other UN agencies, particularly UNFPA, to ensure that the promise of Cairo is realized. Read more...

MDG Week: Development Agencies Tackle Ways To Save Millions Of Mother’s Lives

Originally posted on Huffington Post's Impact Pages

Every day 800 women lose their lives giving birth — 287,000 each year — and the vast majority of these deaths occurs in developing countries. Maternal and child mortality are inextricably related because babies whose mothers die before they’re just 6 weeks old are more likely to die themselves before their second birthdays, than those whose mothers survive.

These deaths are unacceptable, particularly because they are preventable. In 2011, about 6.9 million children died before reaching their 5th birthday -– a significant decline from 12million in 1990. Read more...

Building Our Future, One Girl at a Time

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver; Originally posted on End Water Poverty for Post-2015 Blog Week

Joanna Hoffman is Special Projects Manager at Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women. In this post she explains why women and girls must be at the centre of the post-2015 process, and invites you to join the Women Deliver global conference in 2013.

In just a few years, key international agreements such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Programme of Action will expire. Opinions about what will come next are mixed: some believe all health issues—including maternal health, child health, and HIV/AIDS—will be collapsed into one objective; others believe the MDGs should be extended; and others believe an entirely new framework will shape the path forward. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Philips and CNBC Africa Release Series Highlighting MDGs 4 and 5

By: Harshi Hettige, Women Deliver

Philips Electronics is continuing its work to strengthen healthcare in Africa, after recently showcasing clinical solutions for maternal and child care across Africa. In early August Philips and CNBC Africa partnered to release a new series called ‘African Dialogues.’ The series provides insight into the issues at the intersection of social welfare and business in Africa. Read more...

Interview with a Young Nigerian Advocate Attending Women Deliver 2013

By: Foluso Ajani; Originally titled "How I Got the Invitation for the Women Deliver Conference (Malaysia 2013)," and posted on MDGs in Africa

...e-terview with Dr. Foluso Ajani, an advocate for maternal and reproductive health rights. She is passionate about efforts to [improve] maternal health. In this short piece, she shares with us how she got the invitation for the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia and the ‘Refer and Reward Scheme’ she will present at the International Conference.

ACMA: Can we meet you?

Foluso: I am Foluso Ishola (nee Ajani), a highly motivated young Nigerian Medical Doctor, an activist and advocate for women’s sexual and reproductive rights, maternal and child health. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Philips Electronics Showcases Clinical Solutions for Maternal Health

By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

Philips Electronics, a signatory to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), announced in June that it would continue its work towards MDG 4 and 5 to reduce newborn and maternal deaths. The announcement took place during the 2012 Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow, while on a stopover in Ghana. During the stopover, Philips representatives showcased several clinical solutions designed to make progress towards reaching MDG 4 and 5.
By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

Philips Electronics, a signatory to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), announced in June that it would continue its work towards MDG 4 and 5 to reduce newborn and maternal deaths. The announcement took place during the 2012 Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow, while on a stopover in Ghana. During the stopover, Philips representatives showcased several clinical solutions designed to make progress towards reaching MDG 4 and 5. Read more...

Women’s Major Group Final Statement on the Outcomes of Rio+20

The Women’s Major Group (WMG), representing 200 civil society women’s organizations from all around the world, is greatly disappointed in the results of the Rio+20 conference. We believe that the governments of the world have failed both women and future generations.

Women’s Rights Rolled Back

Two years of negotiations have culminated in a Rio+20 outcome that makes almost no progress for women’s rights and rights of future generations in sustainable development. The Women’s Major Group has worked around the clock to maintain women’s rights and commitments to gender equality that have already been agreed to, but gaining affirmation of those rights left no time for real progress and commitments to moving toward the future we need. Read more...

Rio+20 Conference Concludes Without Significant Mention of Reproductive Health and Rights

Women Deliver and Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project call on global leaders to affirm that women and their reproductive health and rights are central to sustainability goals.

New York, New York, 22 June 2012 – The “Future We Want” outcome document from this week’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, lacks meaningful inclusion of reproductive health and rights. While the document includes promising language on women’s empowerment and family planning, leaders missed a historic opportunity to affirm the central role of women and their reproductive health and rights in global sustainable development goals. Read more...

Including Non-Communicable Diseases in the Rio+20 Dialogue on Sustainable Futures

By: Nalini Saligram and Felicia Marie Knaul; Originally posted on Huffington Post

The upcoming Rio+20 Conference (June 20-22, 2012) is a pivotal moment for leaders across the world to come together to find solutions to many of the issues that plague the planet. The conference will focus on important issues core to sustainability, including decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans, and disaster readiness. Read more...

Women and Sustainability: Rio+20 Information and Resources

Women Deliver is collaborating with Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at this week’s Rio+20 conference, June 20-22.

Today marked the official start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio+20 Summit, during which global leaders will discuss how to reduce poverty while preserving the environment. Discussions will also focus on a future sustainable development framework, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which could eventually replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

Women Deliver and Worldwatch are following the action in Rio – please visit us for interviews, press statements, and other resources on discussions and activities at the Rio+20 Summit. Read more...

Women and Sustainability: Recognizing the Role of Women at Rio+20

By: Danielle Nierenberg, Worldwatch Institute

Women Deliver is collaborating with Worldwatch Institute's Nourising the Planet project to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.

From sustainable cities to renewable energy, some of the most crucial areas of development policy remain devoid of any mention or dialogue on the issue of women’s rights. To put these neglected issues on the global agenda, numerous governments, executives, NGOs, and civil society activists will gather next week to represent the voices of the women, youth, and children around the world at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. Read more...

65th World Health Assembly Meeting Addresses Women and Children

The World Health Assembly, which took place this year from May 21-26, 2012, resulted in 21 newly adopted resolutions and three health-related decisions. The resolutions and decisions revolved around early marriage and young pregnancies, international health regulations, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), non-communicable diseases, and social determinants of health, and several other health- and disease-related topics. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: GBCHealth Announces New MDG Health Alliance

By:  Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

The creation of the MDG Health Alliance was recently announced by GBC Health, a private sector nonprofit coalition that works to improve health around the world. The announcement took place at their two-day GBCHealth Conference, in May.

The Alliance is working in alignment with the Millennium Development Goals targeting maternal and child health.  According to the Alliance, there are 5 underlying initiatives, and they will work towards 7 main goals: 1) improve child health; 2) improve maternal health; 3) achieve near-zero malaria deaths; 4) achieve near-zero transmission of HIV from mother to child; 5) recruit, train, and equip one million community health workers; 6) save one million lives from TB-HIV co-infection; and 7) ensure universal access to reproductive health.  Read more...

Join Us at Women Deliver 2013 – Registration is Live!

By: Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver

Last month, we received the good news that maternal mortality rates are on the decline – maternal deaths have fallen by nearly 50 percent over the past two decades. With this good news at our heels, we’re excited to announce the opening of registration for the Women Deliver 2013 conference – the largest global conference to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women of the last 10 years. Read more...

Why Aren’t Women’s Issues on the Agenda at Rio+20?

By: Carmen Barroso, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region; Originally posted on Grist

In just two months, world leaders will gather in Rio to hammer out a new set of agreements on what sustainable development means, and more importantly, how both rich and developing nations can get there before it’s too late. Day by day, the buzz is building around this historic Earth Summit. But there’s a problem: The big plans being hatched for the occasion — nicknamed Rio+20 — leave women out. Read more...

Healthy Mother, Healthy Newborn

by Shafia Rashid; Originally posted on The FCI Blog

HealthyMotherHealthyNewborn.jpgThere is ample evidence illustrating that the health of a woman and her newborn baby are intimately connected. We know that:

  • most maternal and newborn deaths are caused by the mother’s poor health before or during pregnancy or due to inadequate care in the critical hours, days, and weeks after birth
  • when a woman dies in childbirth, her newborn baby is less likely to survive

Recent research conducted by Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta and colleagues at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan confirms what we already know, and goes one step further: it identifies which maternal and newborn health interventions benefit both mother and newborn. These include: Read more...

International Organizations Convene for Rio+20 Discussions

By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

Last month, staff from Women Deliver met with high-level members of several international organizations focused on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and youth. The meeting was organized to discuss the lack of emphasis on gender, SRHR, and young people in the Zero Draft document for Rio+20, which takes place this June.

The Rio+20 summit, a UN conference on sustainability, will include seven priority areas: decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness. Despite the undisputed link between women’s health, reproductive rights, and family planning accessibility with these priorities, gender- and SRHR-related topics have not received as much attention as many believe it should have. Read more...

Maternal and Reproductive Health Issues Take Center Stage in Africa

Leaders from 27 African countries gather at ‘African Regional Consultation on Achieving Millennium Development Goal 5’ to make the health of girls and women a regional priority

Kampala, Uganda – On 27-28 March, policymakers, advocates and researchers from across sub-Saharan Africa are gathering in Kampala, Uganda, to reaffirm national and regional commitments to Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 – reducing maternal mortality and ensuring universal access to reproductive health.

At the regional consultation, convened by Partners in Population and Development and global advocacy organization Women Deliver, leading experts will discuss lessons learned in maternal, sexual and reproductive health and identify barriers to meeting the needs of girls and women in the lead-up to the 2015 MDG target date and beyond. Read more...

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