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United Nations Adopts Landmark Resolution on Adolescents and Youth

Late Friday, 27 April 2012, at the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), member states issued a bold resolution in support of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and human rights.

This victory comes on the heels of a UNICEF report released this week highlighting the challenges that the largest-ever generation of young people face—including HIV/AIDS, violence, and unintended pregnancy—and reaffirms long-standing international agreements including the 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action. Read more...

“Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday” Campaign Begins

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), a member organization of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health has launched their “Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday” campaign this week.  According to the website, fifth birthdays are regarded as a milestone birthday after which one is much more likely to survive into adulthood. Seven million children die before their fifth birthday, and many of these are preventable deaths in developing countries. Read more...

Ipas Calls for Youth Development Support at UN Commission on Population and Development

Oral Statement delivered by: Cecilia Espinoza, Youth Program Associate from Ipas at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development 2012

Oral Statement by Ipas
at the 45th Session of the Commission of Population and Development on the theme:
Adolescents and youth
April 2012

My name is Cecilia Espinoza, I am from Nicaragua and I am speaking on behalf of Ipas, an international NGO working with local, national and global partners to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies. Young women especially are often seriously harmed by the lack of such care. I would like to tell you about one of them today.
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Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly Debates First Resolution on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

The 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly took place in Kampala, Uganda from March 31 to April 5. This meeting was the first time the IPU has debated a resolution on maternal, newborn and child health. The resolution was drafted in September by the governments of Canada, India, and Uganda, and is known as ‘Access to Health as a Basic Right: The Role of Parliaments in Addressing Key Challenges to Securing the Health of Women and Children.’ The IPU Assembly, which meets every year as a focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue, drew over 600 members of parliament from more than 120 countries to Kampala, Uganda. Read more...

Youth as Changemakers: What the Past Dreamt, the Present Thought, and the Future Became

By: Yemurai Nyoni, Zimbabwe (President: Zimbabwe Young People's Network on SRH; Executive Committee Member: African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development) to participants at the Africa Regional RMNCH Advocacy Strategy Implementation Meeting hosted by PMNCH and the Africa MNCH Coalition

Today we have the largest youth population in history. This demographic trend translates to the need for deliberate investment in the development of young people in the broader global development context, because our gains in this regard rely greatly on what we do and don't do for young people.

As a young person, I appreciate that efforts have been made by African governments to involve us in the development processes that affect us. Read more...

Aid Effectiveness Forum: What Does It Mean for Reproductive Health?

By: Suzanna Dennis
Originally posted by: Population Action International

Aid effectiveness and government investments directly shape the amount and quality of funding for reproductive health.  For example, the move to greater country ownership over aid has advocates concerned that governments will not sufficiently prioritize sexual and reproductive health.

Last week, global development powerbrokers convened in Busan, South Korea to assess progress towards aid effectiveness goals, develop a more inclusive global aid framework and address issues beyond aid.  The organizers of this Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) declared it a resounding success:  They delivered a global Partnership for Development Cooperation bringing together all development actors around a shared set of development principles. Read more...

Speakers of African Parliaments Adopt Resolution on Declaration of Commitment to MNCH

Johannesburg, South Africa, October 24 – African Speakers of Parliaments and Presidents of Senate have unanimously adopted a landmark resolution on a Declaration of Commitment to prioritize parliamentary support for increased policy and budget action on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in African countries. Read more...

G(irls)20 Summit Communiqué Lists Recommendations for G20 Leaders on Closing Gender Gap

Girls20-Logo_France-URL.jpgDelegates participating in the G(irls)20 Summit in Paris presented French President Nicholas Sarkozy with a communiqué featuring recommendations on how G20 leaders can help reduce gender inequality and recognize the pivotal role women and girls play in advancing the global economy. Drafted by 21 young delegates -- all women under the age of 20 -- the communiqué features more than 30 specific recommendations on gender-based violence and inequality; education, training, and employment; political, economic, and social representation; and health; designed to influence global leaders convening at the G20 meetings in Cannes, France next month. Read more...

Confidential Inquiry Into Maternal Deaths in Nigeria: A Call to Hold our Health System Accountable

By: Bridget Nwagbara, Youth Health Worker Advocates-MNCH; Originally posted on White Ribbon Alliance Blog

This month, while world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly, WRA has called on our members to submit stories and photographs that illustrate progess that is being made to maternal and newborn health, as well as the efforts of advocates to hold governments accountable to commitments that have been made to Every Woman, Every Child. This posting comes from Bridget Nwagbara, WRA Member, Nigeria. Read more...

Historic U.N. Ruling Finds Brazil Violates Woman’s Human Rights in Maternal Death Case

In the first-ever maternal death case to be decided by an international human rights body, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women established that governments have a human rights obligation to guarantee that all women in their countries—regardless of income or racial background—have access to timely, non-discriminatory, and appropriate maternal health services. Read more…

As International Year of Youth Ends, More Work on Youth is Needed

IYY.jpgToday is the culmination of the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, which began on 12 August 2010. There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today, who make up 1/3rd of the world’s population. We hope that although the International Year of Youth has come to a close, momentum and progress for youth involvement and focus in development will not be lost. Read more...

2015+: What are the options for Millennium Development Goals 2.0?

From time to time, we will step out of our sector to see what others are saying about post 2015 goals. This is a blog from Andy Sumner of Global Policy, first published in February 2011. 2015+.JPG

The debate on what, if anything might replace the MDGs in 2015 is starting to emerge. One might imagine three stylized options – more of the same, something that builds on the MDGs, or something completely new. Read more...

Coalition Calls on U.K. Parliamentarians to Ensure Maternal Health Funding Pledges Are Fulfilled

A network of professional and civil society organizations are urging Ministers  of Parliament in the United Kingdom to use their “unique powers of advocacy, scrutiny, debate, legislation, budget setting, and monitoring” to ensure the government fulfills its funding pledges toward maternal and child health. Read more...

IPPF Releases One-Year Evaluation of World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan

In a newly released evaluative report, the International Planned Parenthood Federation commends the World Bank for its commitment to sexual and reproductive health as shown through its implementation of the first year of the Reproductive Health Action Plan. However, it also calls on the bank to more closely monitor reproductive health (RH) indicators and increase collaboration with countries to better integrate RH into health systems strengthening programs and national policies. Read more...?

Take Action: Support the Right to Maternal Health in Uganda

On July 7, the Constitutional Court of Uganda will begin hearing arguments in a landmark case that alleges that the Ugandan government is violating its constitution by failing to promote the right to health and the right to life of mothers. Read more and learn how you can get involved...

Watch the Video of Prevention and Protection Save Lives: Girls, Women, & HIV

Early this month, over 120 ambassadors, ministers, parliamentarians, advocates, youth and media gathered today at the International Peace Institute (IPI) for a high-level policy forum, Prevention and Protection Save Lives: Girls, Women and HIV, co-hosted by Women Deliver, IPI, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations and Family Care International. Watch the video of the event, and click through to see part II:

Girls, Women, and HIV, Part 1 from International Peace Institute on Vimeo.

New Global Plan launched to save the lives of mothers and children from AIDS-related deaths

Yesterday, world leaders met at the UN to unveil a Global Plan designed to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015 and to keep their mothers alive. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, former US President Bill Clinton, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby launched the Plan along with UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassadors Annie Lennox and Naomi Watts. Read more...

U.S. Bill Seeks to Fund State-Level Inquiries of Pregnancy Related Deaths and Complication

Lawmakers, researchers, advocates, and survivors of maternal complications gathered on Capitol Hill last month to call attention to the worsening state of maternal health in the United States—as well as a new bill that could help answer why so many women die during pregnancy and childbirth in one of the world’s most developed nations. Read more...

G8 Leaders Recommit to Improve Maternal Health and Reduce Child Mortality

The 37th G8 Summit was held in Deauville, France from May 26-27, 2011. The three priorities of the French Presidency of the G8 Summit were the internet and green growth, international peace and security and partnership with Africa. Though health was not a priority of the G8 this year, the Deauville statement reaffirmed a commitment to improving maternal health and reducing child mortality, most notably through the Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child health launched in 2010. Read more...

Delivering Real Results and Resources for Girls and Women

By: Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver

Last week, the UN Commission on Women and Children’s Health released the final report, “Keeping Promises, Measuring Results,” with recommendations that will serve to hold countries and organizations accountable for the commitments they make to save the lives of girls, women and children around the world. I am honored to have been a part of this Commission. The brief and intense process has produced an accountability framework to deliver real results and resources for girls and women through monitoring, review and action. Read more...

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