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Third progress report: Implementation of CoIA Recommendations

15 July 2014

Progress in reducing child deaths and maternal deaths over the past years has been accelerated by the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. As part of the Global Strategy, the UN Secretary-General called for a process to ensure global reporting, oversight and accountability. This led to the creation of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (CoIA) in 2011, co-chaired by President Jakaya Mishro Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada.

The Commission put forward ten ambitious yet practical recommendations to strengthen this accountability. Countries translated the recommendations into Country Accountability Frameworks (CAFs), with prioritized work areas that follow the cycle of “monitoring, review, and remedy or action”.

The 2014 Progress Report describes the evolution of the accountability work up to May 2014, and marks the end of the first phase of implementation.

The report summarizes progress made globally and by countries towards implementing the Commission’s ten recommendations. It also presents lessons emerging from midterm reviews in selected countries. Progress in implementing the recommendations of the Commission presents a mixed but encouraging picture.

To view a summary of the progress report click here.  

For more information on the Commission on Information and Accountability click here.

Girl Summit 2014

22 July 2014

On July 22, The UK Prime Minister and UNICEF are hosting the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilizing domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilations (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation.

The summit will bring together community leaders, grassroots organizations, governments, international organizations and the private sector to build on developing countries leadership and rally a global movement to end FGM and CERM. For more information on the summit click here.

To join the conversation on twitter follow #GirlSummit. 
To learn about Every Woman Every Child partners working to end child marriage click here.  

Read No Time to Lose: New UNICEF Data Show Need for Urgent Action on Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage.
Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

1 August 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) are hosting Saving Lives at Birth’s DevelopmentXChange on Friday, August 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

In 2011, the Saving Lives at Birth program called upon the brightest minds across the globe to identify and scale up transformative prevention and treatment approaches in rural, low-resource settings for pregnant women and newborns around the time of birth. Building upon the success of the past 3 years, in January, the program launched its fourth call and received an impressive set of applications that continue to push the boundaries of innovation. We are narrowing our pool of innovators, and these finalists, along with our existing grantees, have been invited to the DevelopmentXChange in Washington, D.C., to participate in the final stage of the competition and actively network their ideas with businesses, funders, development experts, non-governmental organizations and each other.
World Water Week

31 August 2014

World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from August 31st-September 5th. The annual global water and development event attracts over 2,5000 participants. One of the highest is the award ceremony for the Stockholm Water Prize. The theme in 2014 is "Water and Energy-Making the Link." Click here to learn more. 
IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

21 September 2014

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from September 21-26th. Over 5,000 people are expected to join IWA's biennial congress and exhibition. Conference themes include: Cities and Basins of the Future; Utility Management, Assets, Customers and Water Economics; Water Reuse and Resource Recovery; Proteting Human and Environmental ealth; Innovative Water Supply and Wasterwater Technologies & Processess; Water Policy; Governance and Regulation in a Changing World; and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Water. To learn more click here
Climate Summit 2014

23 September 2014

The Climate Summit 2014 will take place on September 23rd, in New York, NY. It is intended to be a key moment for raising ambition and political will en route to COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 and is aimed at catalyzing action by governments, business, finance, industy, and civil society in areas for new commitments and substantial, scalale and repicable contributions to the Summit that will help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy. To learn more click here
World Bank / IMF annual meeting

10 October 2014

The World Bank/IMF annual meeting will take place on October 10-12th in Washington, DC. The Annual Meetings provide a forum for iternational cooperation and enable the Bank and Fund to better serve their member countries. Click here to learn more.
The Third International Day of the Girl

11 October 2014

October 11th is the Third International Day of the Girl. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recongmize girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. To learn more click here.
Water and Health Conference

11 October 2014

The annual Water and Health Conference will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from October 11-19th. This conference brings together academic research with policy, practice and networking events, focusing on drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and water resources with a strong public emphasis. Click here to learn more. 
Global Handwashing Day

15 October 2014

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. Is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. Click here to learn more. 
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