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 United Nations’ Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health that will be launched by the UN Secretary-General in September 2015 in support of the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals framework.

Since 2010, Every Woman Every Child has mobilized hundreds of partners for maximum effect, with more than 300 organizations having made commitments to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. 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 better health 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$34.2 billion of all committed funds has been disbursed as of May 2014, numerous commitments have been implemented and enhanced, new partners have come on board, policies improved and services strengthened on the ground.


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. The nature of PMNCH reporting will be adapted to the ongoing requirements.

Financial Commitments


Policy Commitments


Service and Delivery Commitments

Guidance for Making a Commitment

Spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 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.


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.

Government commitments, in adherence with the Paris Accord and the IHP+ principles, and linked to intergovernmental reporting processes, will be recorded separately.


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. 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.


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

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Global Strategy Overview

Describes the content, background, audience and development plan of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers general questions on the Global Strategy including its development, rationale and main pillars, as well as how it will be financed and implemented.

Sample Talking Points

Selected talking points about the Global Strategy and the commitment process to support your own outreach.

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