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World Immunization Week

23 April 2014

World Immunization Week takes place from April 23-30th. This year World Immunization Week 2014 has the slogan “Immunization for a healthy future. Know, Check, Protect”. The aim is to encourage people to check that they are up-to-date with their vaccinations. The main hashtag throughout the week will be #RUuptodate.

To learn more click here.

To learn about Every Woman Every Child commitments focused on immunization click here.

To view the WHO's social media kit click here. To view PATH's social media kit click here.

 
 
Global Health & Innovation Conference

12 April 2014

The Global Health & Innovation Conference will take place April 12-13th in New Haven, CT. Topics include healthcare delivery models and impact measurement, health policy and advocacy, maternal and child health, and more. To learn more click here
 
World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings

12 April 2014

The World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings will take place from April 12-13th in Washington DC. The joint Bank-IMF Development Committee meets every fall at the time of the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF, and every spring at the Spring Meetings, to discuss progress of the work of the Bank and the Fund. The Committee, due to Annual Meetings tradition, meets in Washington two years out of three and, in order to reflect the international character of the two institutions, every third year in a different member country. To learn more click here.  
 
Sanitation and Water for All Ministerial Meeting

11 April 2014

Sanitation and Water for All Ministerial Meeting will take place on April 11th in Washington, DC. 
 
PGA "Post-2015 development agenda: Setting the Stage"

9 April 2014

PGA event, "Post-2015 development agenda:  Setting the Stage", will take place from April 9-10th at UN Headquarters. The thematic focus will be on the role of partnerships and their contributions. Click here to learn more.
 
Joint Event of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council “The Role of Partnerships in the Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

9 April 2014

The joint event of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council “The Role of Partnerships in the Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” took place from April 9-10.The primary objective of the joint thematic debate was to provide a platform for Member States to address how to strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development including multi-stakeholders partnerships that can contribute to the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda.For more information click here.

Additional Resources:

Concept Note 
Provisional Program 
Background Note 


Side Events in Support of Every Woman Every Child

Lunch Discussion on the Role of Health Partnerships in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This luncheon took place on April 9th and was hosted by The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), The GAVI Alliance & the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and is in support of Every Woman Every Child.  The luncheon highlighted the importance of health partnerships specifically in achieving full and sustainable implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Photos from the lunch can be found here.

Speakers:
H.E. Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
H.E. Ambassador Desra Percaya, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations
Dr. Robert Orr, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning
Moderated by: Ms. Pamela Falk, UN Resident Correspondent, CBS News
 
Commission on Popluation and Development

7 April 2014

The Commission on Popluation and Development will take place from April 7-11th in UN Headquarters.  The focus will be on assessing progress made on commitemnts from International Conference on Population and Development. To learn more click here.
 
47th Commission on Population and Development

7 April 2014

The 47th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) was held from April 7-9. The theme was “Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development.”  The Commission took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York in Conference Room 1.
For more information click here.

Additional Resources:
What is the Commission on Population and Development?
Commission on Population and Development 7-9PD Beyond 2014 Global Report
Side Events
Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin


Side Events in Support of Every Woman Every Child

Realizing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls: A Breakthrough Strategy for Lasting Development and Prosperity 

 Realizing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls: A Breakthrough Strategy for Lasting Development and Prosperity took place on April 9. The event was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations and The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health at the Aspen Institute and is in support of Every Woman Every Child.

Featured Speakers

The Honorable Joy Phumaphi, Chair of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health
Director of Planning, Ministry of Finance, Zambia
Ms. Nana Kuo, Senior Manager, Every Woman Every Child Team
Ms. Kula Fofana, Paramount Young Women Initiative Liberia

Partnering to Achieve Shared Population, Health and Development Goals: Putting People’s Health at the Heart of Sustainable Development

The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Partners in Population and Development (PPD) and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) co- hosted a breakfast meeting in New York in support of Every Woman Every Child focused on the topic of “Putting Healthy People at the Center of Sustainable Development”.

The meeting which took place on the side of the 47th Commission on Population and Development (CPD), brought together ministers of health, senior officials from Member States and key partners including WHO, UNFPA and IPPF. It was an opportunity to take forward the findings and deliberations of the recently concluded ICPD operational review and give Member States an opportunity to review progress, gaps, challenges and emerging issues in relation to the ICPD Programme of Action. PPD countries represent over half the world’s population, have the largest youth population, and are grappling with aging while at the same time dealing with development challenges among other things.

The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. A.K. Abdul Momen chaired the meeting and during his intervention reiterated the commitment of Bangladesh to PPD on its 20th anniversary. He emphasized the importance of investing in health and education for sustainable development, as opposed to areas such as defense which he said consumed disproportionate resources, without contributing to development.

Dr. Joe Thomas, Executive Director PPD, gave a brief overview of PPD’s history and its intimate association with ICPD POA. He flagged a few key issues for PPD countries to note, such as supporting sexual and reproductive health services and rights, paying attention to key groups such as adolescents, as well as the role of aging and migration in the development agenda of these countries. He pointed out that in developing countries, unlike in the developed world, aging of the population is occurring even before the countries are economically developed, which makes south-south learning critical. He was proud to underline that PPD is now moving from being a donor funded partnership to one that is Member State funded, and therefore sustainable.

H.E. Matia Kasaija, Minister of State for Finance, Government of Uganda also echoed the sentiments of Bangladesh by also reaffirming his country’s commitment to PPD. He however stressed that despite making considerable progress, several major challenges still remain.

Ms Kate Gilmore, Board Member, PMNCH and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA, spoke about the critical role of the Cairo Consensus in putting people and human rights in the center of the development agenda. She reminded the gathering that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), is an integral part of human rights and inclusive development. She discussed SRHR in the context of adolescent health, stressing the importance of reaping the demographic dividend for PPD countries through investments in health including sexual reproductive health, education and employment opportunities for young, and the pivotal role that South-South collaboration plays in the present and future. She highlighted the economic, social and environmental returns of such investments and the fact that countries need to take a multi-sectoral approach to achieving sustainable development.

Mr Lov Verma, Secretary, MOHFW, Government of India outlined the comprehensive nature of the RKSK (Rasthriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram – or National Adolescent Health Program) which covers not only SRH, but malnutrition, substance abuse, mental health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and violence including gender-based violence. He noted that research shows about 33% of the disease burden and 60% of mortality in later years is rooted in adolescence. He talked of the importance of reaching adolescents in their own spaces and described the magnitude of the program in terms of health system needs (over 3.6 million peer educators and counsellors will be linked to 900,000 ASHA workers in the coming years). The program, he explained, is based on multi-sectoral collaboration and brings together many stakeholders for planning, implementation and monitoring.

The Bangladesh State Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr Zahid Maleque, highlighted some of the achievements of Bangladesh in reducing poverty and achieving high economic growth in a pro-poor policy environment. His intervention focused on ways to empower women through skills development, provision of credit facilities and social safety nets, pointing out that Bangladesh has a net school enrollment of 99.5% (of which 53% are girls). He went on to explain that this was achieved through a mix of policies such as school feeding, provision of free text books, stipends for girls, among other things. He also acknowledged that several major challenges remain including malnutrition (particularly stunting), deliveries by unskilled providers, child marriage and vulnerability to natural disasters.

Mr He Zhaohua, Deputy Director General of the Department of Family Development, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China hailed PPD as an important platform in South South Collaboration, particularly for a country like China with the world’s largest population. He spoke of China’s long association with PPD and how the country has already committed over $2 million in commodities, training and technology to follow population trends.

The Undersecretary of Brazil’s National Committee on Population and Development, Mr Ricardo Paes de Barros spoke of the strides Brazil is making in improving the health of its population by adding one year to the population’s life expectancy every two years. The country, however, is still struggling to reduce its MMR and teenage pregnancy which is a major concern, and he acknowledged the role of Commission on Population Development in helping countries learn from each other’s experiences. The Undersecretary also pointed out that even though South-South collaboration is not a replacement for ODA, it can make a significant difference on the ground.

Dr. Tewodros Melesse, Director General, IPPF, concluded the interventions by urging Member States to use the opportunity of the CPD to ensure that the rights of women and youth are protected as stated and agreed in the Human Rights Declaration.

A people centered, rights based approach to sustainable development that the ICPD set forth is as true today as it was 20 years ago. South-South collaboration is a powerful addition to ODA in terms of knowledge sharing, technology transfer and financial support in making this a reality.

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Celebrating Progress for Girls and Women

Celebrating Progress for Girls and Women” took place on April 7. The event was hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the organization Women Deliver and was held in support of Every Woman Every Child. This events offered an opportunity to celebrate successes for the past two decades, evaluate gaps and recommit to working together for greater progress around the world.

Featured Speakers

Ingrid Skjotskift, Political Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Katja Iversen, Incoming CEO, Women Deliver
Dr. Fred Sai, Physician and Former Chairman for the Main Committee of the International Conference on Population and Development, Ghana
Nargris Shirazi, Member of the Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders, Uganda
Jill Sheffield, Founder and President, Women Deliver  
 
 
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