21 November 2016
Caribbean Community (CARICOM)/ United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
This commitment focuses on opportunities for the Caribbean region to improve the lives of women and children by promoting partnerships, coordination and coherence in efforts in the region. More specifically it will identify benchmarks and targets designed to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, gender-based violence, adolescent pregnancies and eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV. The 14 members supported by agencies such as UNFPA, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization, and UNAIDS have undertaken a series of studies that have identified the challenges posed to women’s and children’s health.
In addition The CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Cooperation in Health process have underscored the links between these issues and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Pivotal to this process is the United Nations Progress Report on the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health which identifies progress toward the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, and 6 between 2010 and the present time, due to “hard work and innovative partnerships.’’ The issue is how the lessons learned over the past 5 years will now be translated into strategic action and financial resources as we move into the post-2015 era.