Commitments

To advance the Global Strategy for
Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

What is a Commitment?

Every Woman Every Child is a multi-stakeholder movement to implement the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, launched by the UN Secretary-General in September 2015 in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since its launch in 2010, Every Woman Every Child has mobilized hundreds of partners for maximum effect, with hundreds of organizations having made commitments to advance the Global Strategy. All partners have an important role to play: governments and policymakers, donor countries and philanthropic institutions, the United Nations and other multilateral organizations, civil society, the business community, health workers and their professional associations, and academic and research institutions.

Those interested can contribute to the Every Woman Every Child movement by making a commitment that helps to fulfill the aims of the Global Strategy – and achieve health and wellbeing for women, children and adolescents around the world.

Choose from the menu at the right to explore commitments made to date in support of Every Woman Every Child. We have already seen remarkable progress—funding has been increased and US$45 billion of all committed funds has been disbursed since 2010, numerous commitments have been implemented and enhanced, new partners have come on board, policies improved and services strengthened on the ground.

WHAT KINDS OF COMMITMENTS WERE MADE
TO THE PREVIOUS GLOBAL STRATEGY?

Below are examples of commitments, which are by no means exhaustive, made from a variety of sectors, in the financial, policy and service delivery categories.

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) has produced annual reports analyzing commitments to the Global Strategy since its launch in 2010. Click here to see the reports produced to date.

“Progress in Partnership”—the first progress report on the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health – was launched on 18 July 2017, in the margins of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The report is the result of a long and careful process of consultation among EWEC partners. It is a critical tool for accountability and advocacy and provides a snapshot of achievements by countries and partners under the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy, highlighting the power of partnership to accelerate progress in a complex and evolving development landscape.

To provide the latest status on progress towards the targets of the Global Strategy, the report highlights the latest available country data on 60 indicators, 34 of which come directly from the SDGs and an additional 26 taken from existing indexes and processes. This data, from WHO and other UN agencies, is included in an open-access online data portal launched in May 2017 on the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory website.

Financial Commitments

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Policy Commitments

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Service and Delivery Commitments

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Guidance for Making a Commitment

Spearheaded by UN Secretary-General, Every Woman Every Child is a multi-stakeholder movement that recognizes that all partners—including governments, philanthropic organizations, multilateral institutions, civil society, business, health professionals and academia—have an essential role to play in improving women’s and children’s health and wellbeing.

Commitments in support of Every Woman Every Child represent pledges to address a specific need outlined in the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, ultimately reducing preventable mortality and promoting the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents everywhere.

WHAT KINDS OF COMMITMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED?

All commitments advancing the goals outlined in the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) are encouraged, in particular those which are sustainable (e.g. public private partnerships with sustainable business models), innovative (e.g. novel policies, new low cost technologies, innovative partnerships or financing models), and have a long term focus.

Commitments can be financial or non-financial, and made by individual institutions or multi-partner-based coalitions. Most importantly, commitments to the Global Strategy should aim to have clear measurable impacts. Each commitment maker will be required to report annually on progress related to implementing their commitment. More information about the reporting process is available once commitment makers create an account here.

Progress against government commitments are linked to intergovernmental and SDG accountability mechanisms, and will be recorded separately.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A COMMITMENT?

Commitments should be defined as clearly as possible with an emphasis on measurability to support the tracking and monitoring processes, following the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, which are reflected in the Global Strategy’s Unified Accountability Framework. Additional details about the commitment may be requested prior to approval.

Submissions are accepted all year round, but will be grouped together for approval and announcement at key moments; approved commitments will be showcased on the Every Woman Every Child website.

COMMITMENT GUIDANCE PACK

Please note that Member States need not complete the application form referenced in these guidelines. Questions about Member State commitments should be directed to everywoman.everychild@un.org.

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