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...

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.

UN Launches Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children

NEW YORK, 23 March 2012 – UNICEF and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today launched a high-level commission to improve access to essential but overlooked health supplies that could save the lives of millions of women and children every year.

“Making sure that women and children have the medicines and other supplies they need is critical for our push to achieve the MDGs,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The Commission will tackle an overlooked but vital aspect of health systems, and ensure that women and children are protected from preventable causes of death and disease.” 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...

Keeping Promises, Measuring Results: Health Accountability Report Presented at World Health Assembly

Geneva, Switzerland - The United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health presented their report, Keeping Promises, Measuring Results, and recommendations to increase the likelihood that pledges for women's and children's health are honoured and that resources are spent in the most effective way to save lives. The advance copy of the report was presented at a technical briefing today during the 64th World Health Assembly. Read more...

Women and Children to Benefit from New Recommendations to Improve Health Accountability

Originally posted by The Partnership for Newborn, Maternal, and Child Health

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, 2 May 2011 – New recommendations calling for an unprecedented level of accountability to save the lives of more women and children in developing countries were agreed today by the United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. These new approaches will help ensure that pledges are honoured and resources spent in the most effective way to save lives. Read more...

Latest News on Every Woman, Every Child

It has been six months since the launch of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Events held throughout March focused on assessing progress made since last September and developing the agenda for moving forward. Click through to find out more…

The Importance of Accountability in Saving Girls’ and Womens’ Lives

By: Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver

Jill_WDConference.jpgI was honored to attend the first meeting of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Womens and Childrens Health that was held in Geneva at WHO Headquarters on Wednesday, 26 January 2011. President Kikwete of Tanzania and Prime Minister Harper of Canada co-chair the Commission, with the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, Hamadoun Toure, and the Director General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, as vice chairs. The 30 members of the Commission (“Commissioners”) were chosen from a wide range of stakeholder groups including governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, foundations and academia, and Women Deliver is proud to be one of the civil society representatives. The time-line of the Commission is expected to be both brief and intense, and the action plan has ambitious goals to focus on results and resources. Read more...

First meeting of Accountability Commission on Women’s and Children’s Health

Originally posted by The Partnership for Newborn, Maternal, and Child Health

High-level Chairs and Commissioners of the new Information and Accountability Commission on Women’s and Children’s Health have convened for their first meeting at WHO. The Commission’s two eminent chairs each led sessions: President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete headed the session on accounting for results with Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper leading the session on accountability for resources. Vice-chairs, Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, and Margaret Chan, Director-General WHO supported discussions focused on papers from the two expert technical Working Groups with 30 high-level commissioners from government, civil society, academia, and multi-lateral agencies. Read more...

Op-Ed: Keep Up the Pressure on Maternal Health, Canada

By: Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver; originally posted in The Globe and Mail, Canada

Almost one year ago exactly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that maternal health would be the focus of the summer’s G8 summit. This was major news for those of us who had spent decades in the maternal health field, and was one more signal that 2010 would be a landmark year for our issues.

And from virtually every standpoint, it was.

Op-Ed: Kikwete at Helm of New UN Team

By: Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver, originally published in The Citizen, Tanzania

In Geneva this week, a small group of global health leaders will meet to discuss the future of maternal health. I am looking forward to seeing President Kikwete there.

2010 was a landmark year for maternal health, from every standpoint. In July, the African Union renewed the Maputo Protocol, one of the most forward-thinking international charters on women’s rights.

New data showed that global maternal deaths are in decline, and a series of high-level meetings throughout the year signaled that the health of girls and women has at last become a global priority.

In September, the UN Secretary-General launched his $40 billion “Every Woman Every Child” plan to scale up women’s and children’s health services in developing countries. An accountability commission was appointed to help guide the plan’s implementation, emphasizing transparency and results. Read more...


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