28 September 2018

Meeting of the High-Level Steering Group for EWEC in the margins of the UNGA 73

The fourth in-person meeting of the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) took place today on September 28th in the margins of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The meeting was chaired by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who serves as the Senior Co-Chair of the Group. Mr. Guterres also welcomed the new Co-Chair, H.E President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia who recently accepted his invitation to join the HLSG to help provide global stewardship to the EWEC movement. In her address to the General Assembly earlier this week, H.E. Kaljulaid noted her hope to disseminate best practices, overcome key challenges and more, in her role as Co-Chair of the HLSG.

New members of the Group who have also recently joined included: Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU); Ms. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as deputy Chair of the H6 Partnership and Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and host of the EWEC Secretariat.

The meeting was chaired by H.E. Kaljulaid and H.E. Ms. Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland and Alternate Co-Chair of the Group since 2016.

In an effort to ensure a common narrative and alignment around financing for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health—as well as highlight the complementarity of the EWEC ecosystem—, the meeting focused on the upcoming replenishment of the Global Financing Facility (GFF), in support of EWEC.

On 6 November 2018, the GFF will be holding a replenishment conference, with the aim of raising an additional US$2 billion in the period of 2018-2023, so that the GFF can continue investing in 27 GFF countries and expand to 23 new countries with the greatest need. Ahead of this conference, the HLSG affirmed their strong commitment to leveraging their political stewardship to help ensure a successful replenishment.

Mr. Guterres also highlighted the need to strengthen the EWEC architecture to focus on country-level delivery of the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and the SDGs in line with UN Reform.

A briefing was provided by the core partners of the EWEC ecosystem: the GFF; the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH); and the H6 Partnership. This briefing focused on their aligned strategic direction and the importance of joining core partners’ collective efforts to help leverage the upcoming GFF Replenishment for country-level impact. The meeting also served as an opportunity to highlight EWEC’s unique role in delivering an integrated agenda at country-level to improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents. Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Kul Gautam, co-chair of the UN SG’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent (IAP) presented the IAP’s third annual report, Private Sector: Who is Accountable,” which had been launched the day before.