27 May 2016

World Health Assembly agrees to resolution on women, children and adolescents

The Global Strategy and its operational framework place a strong emphasis on country leadership, highlighting the need to strengthen accountability at all levels through monitoring national progress and increasing capacity to collect and analyze data. The Global Strategy underscores the importance of developing a sustainable evidence-informed health financing strategy, as well as strengthening health systems and  building partnerships with a wide range of actors across different sectors.

The new resolution calls on the World Health Organization Secretariat to provide technical support to Member States in updating and implementing their national plans and to report regularly to the World Health Assembly on progress towards women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. It also requests the Secretariat to continue to collaborate with other UN agencies and partners to advocate and leverage assistance so that national plans can be implemented.

The resolution follows a technical briefing on the Global Strategy also held in Geneva during the World Health Assembly, chaired by Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, South Africa. High-level speakers during the briefing at the Palais des Nations included Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO; Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, WHO; Dr Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. Dr David Nabarro, Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development participated via video address.

Panelists included:

  • H.E Cleopa Mailu, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Kenya
  • H.E. Jorge Basso, Minister of Public Health, Uruguay
  • H. E. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Canada
  • Mr CK Mishra, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
  • Farhana Ahmed – representative from the NGO constituency & Citizens’ dialogues
  • Dr Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS

Speakers at a segment on multistakeholder commitments to the Global Strategy included:

  • Dr. Faustine Ndugulile, Member of Parliament, Tanzania; Chair of the IPU Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health on behalf of the IPU Secretary General
  • Ms Katja Iversen, President/CEO Women Deliver
  • Mr Gary Cohen, Executive Vice-Presidency and President, Global Health and Development, Becton Dickinson, Member of the private sector constituency of PMNCH, CEO of GBCHealth, Founder/Board of Together for Girls, Director of CDC Foundation and Fund for UNICEF US
  • Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Read a report from the briefing here.

Watch a video on commitments below.