06 April 2016

H.E. Rym Al Falast, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, delivers opening remarks on behalf of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bit Mubarak, the President of the Supreme Council for Women and Children, at the High-Level EveryWhere Exp

Hosted by the UAE and convened by HRH Princess Sarah Zeid (leading the Global Strategy‘s EveryWhere workstream), this forum brings together technical experts from diverse sectors to explore options for supporting effective implementation strategies and approaches, fostering needed research to address gaps, prompting greater private sector engagement, leveraging development-humanitarian funding synergies, encouragement and alignment of additional investment streams. The primary output of the meeting will be advice for a five-year strategy for implementation of Every Woman, Every Child Every Adolescent, EveryWhere.


Opening Remarks
H.E. Rym Al Falasy, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, on behalf of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood

UN Expert Consultative Meeting
From Principles to Practice
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health:
Life-Saving Priorities in All Settings

4 April 2016
Park Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi


[As delivered by H.E. Rym Al Falast, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, on behalf of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bit Mubarak, the President of the Supreme Council for Women and Children.]

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, Chair of the Every Woman Every Child EveryWhere movement,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the Supreme Council for Women and Children, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and thank you for being with us today, in Abu Dhabi, as we inaugurate the two-day UN Expert consultative meeting “Reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health: life-saving priorities everywhere”, which is a unique platform to present, discuss, and conclude the best practices, plans and initiatives that can better boost women’s, children’s and adolescents’ resilience to dire conditions.

Bringing together a high-profile lineup of distinguished global experts, speakers and professionals from diverse sectors, the staging of this meeting comes at a critical time as this most vulnerable segments of the community, namely women, children, and adolescents, face in various parts of the world unprecedented levels of jeopardizes, including lack of minimum and basic humanitarian rights, or being the victims of wars, discrimination, poverty, famine, to name a few.

In this context, the UAE has taken extra miles in raising awareness on the dangers women and children are facing across the world, becoming an exemplary country where these very important segments of the community enjoy full rights to prosper and develop, taking up prominent ranking in the leading international indexes and report concerned with the status of women, children and adolescents.

It is the forward-thinking and the visionary Leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s President, and the leadership of the UAE that have turned the UAE women and children into being the cornerstone for attaining the sought sustainable social and economic development whilst ensuring the stability, progress and prosperity of the community.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are proud to have been long associated with key international organizations, in particular the UN and its subsidiaries, to achieve our common objectives and to bring into attention the ordeals of women, children and adolescents everywhere regardless of their colour, religion, background and gender.

We are also keen to support UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016– 2030 for which the survival, health and well-being of women, children and adolescents are essential to achieving all these goals.

The Supreme Council for Women and Children- hosted meeting held in Abu Dhabi in February last year aimed to update the Global Strategy for the United Nations Secretary-General’s initiative: The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and to formulate recommendations to be incorporated in the Strategy. That very important initial meeting was concluded with the Abu Dhabi Declaration, offering the basis for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent’s health and wellbeing across the development and humanitarian continuum, over the life course and for every woman and every child wherever they may be.

Therefore, we are certain that this two-day meeting will undoubtedly prove instrumental in driving efforts to implement the Global Strategy which aims to achieve our shared goals of envisaging a world in which every woman, child and adolescent in every setting realize their rights to physical and mental health and well-being, have social and economic opportunities and are fully able to participate in shaping prosperous and sustainable societies.

I wish you all success and the meeting achieves its ambitious objectives.

Thank you all.