25 May 2016

A dive into the Global Strategy [Women Deliver Concurrent Sessions]

The sessions, which bookended the conference, counted on a diversity of panelists representing different but interlinked points of view on themes ranging from accountability to the role of innovation.  

David Nabarro, UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, spoke about the rationale for a Global Strategy, explaining the context that led to its development, “moving from a strategy for health to a strategy for empowerment.” The Global Strategy, he noted, is a uniting platform, a process through which the community can come together with an overarching conceptual framework and high-level political support. Echoing a theme that would run throughout the sessions, Nabarro highlighted the importance of national leadership.

Awa Marie Coll Seck, Minister of Health of Senegal, noted that her country is keen on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Strategy, and stressed the need for strong country commitment and leadership. She mentioned interventions and priorities that need to be addressed, including increased domestic budgets for health, particularly for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Coll Seck also underlined the need for strengthened health systems and increased investments in sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Representing the H6 partnership at the event, Flavia Bustreo, World Health Organization Assistant Director-General, stressed the importance of country level implementation. Peter Singer, Co-chair of the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group, emphasized that innovations can help leapfrog progress towards achieving the Global Strategy. Good ideas he said, “come from everywhere, especially young people, but a smoother path from seed to scale is critical.”

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