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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) commits to ensure that national parliaments continue to play a critical role in improving women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the national, regional and global level.

2016

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) commits to ensure that national parliaments continue to play a critical role in improving women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the national, regional and global level. Building on its landmark resolution Access to health as a basic right: The role of parliaments in addressing key challenges to securing the health of women and children (2012) and the parliamentary campaign, led by the IPU, that followed suit, the IPU renews its commitment to elevate women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health to the top of parliamentary agendas and help parliaments employ their core prerogatives to deliver better health outcomes in the spirit of the Global Strategy.

The IPU will support parliaments to play a strong role in accountability at the national level for the commitments made in the Global Strategy and the SDGs. It will assist them to deliver on their oversight function with the aim to turn global commitments into national action. Strengthened legislative frameworks and stronger budget advocacy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health will be other important results of this engagement. The IPU will foster exchanges among parliaments at regional and global levels to ensure sharing of good practices and experiences. At the global level, the IPU Assemblies will provide an annual framework for information and accountability on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and the Global Strategy. More specifically, in the two-year period 2016-2017 the IPU commits to the following:

High-level advocacy at the global level
  • 6 IPU Secretary General engagements
  • 4 IPU President engagements
  • 2 parliamentary side events at the World Health Assembly (at least 20 parliaments involved)
  • 4 side events at IPU Assemblies (at least 30 parliaments involved per event)
  • 2 meetings of the IPU Advisory group on HIV/AIDS and MNCH (at least 8 MP champions involved)

Capacity building and awareness raising at the regional level in three regions
  • 2 Seminars on SDGs in Africa (capacity building for at least 20 parliaments)
  • 1 Seminar on SDGs in Latin America (capacity building for at least 15 parliaments)
  • 1 Seminar on SDGs in Asia (capacity building for at least 8 parliaments)

Implementation of the Global Strategy at the national level in at least five countries
  • Bangladesh: 4 capacity building activities of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff and 7 community engagements
  • Lesotho: 4 capacity building activities of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff and 1 community engagement
  • Rwanda: 6 capacity building activities of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff and 2 community engagements
  • Tanzania: 4 capacity building activities of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff
  • Uganda: 4 capacity building activities of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff and 1 community engagement