Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed
Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed is a global effort to accelerate declines in preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. To advance Every Woman Every Child, UNICEF and other U.N. agencies are joining partners from the public, private and civil society sectors to refocus and re-energize the global movement for maternal, newborn and child survival. In June 2012, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, in collaboration with UNICEF, convened over 700 government, civil society and private sector participants from more than 80 countries to renew the global commitment to child survival. Partners emerged from the Call to Action with a renewed commitment to accelerate gains in child survival. Over 100 governments and many dozens of CSOs and faith-based organizations pledged to redouble efforts to strengthen maternal, newborn and child survival by focusing on the hardest-to-reach children in every country. Many more governments and partners are expected to follow suit in the days and months to come. Under the banner of ‘Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed,’ this growing alliance of partners is uniting to scale-up action on three fronts: revitalize the global movement for maternal, newborn and child survival; sharpen and resource evidence-based country plans; and enhance transparency and accountability for maternal, newborn and child survival. Concerted action in these three areas will hasten dramatic declines in child and maternal mortality, enabling more countries to achieve MDGs 4 and 5 by 2015 and sustain the momentum well into the future.