Updates from January
New Commitment: HRP commits to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn health – In January, HRP (the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) made a new commitment to advance the Global Strategy through a prioritized research agenda for improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health. Learn more.
Intel and UNFPA to Support Skills Training for Health Workers — Intel
and UNFPA have announced joint efforts to strengthen the skills of midwives and
community health workers through technology and training. As a part of Intel’s commitment to the Global Strategy, it pledged to train 1 million front line health workers by 2015. This collaboration will go a long way toward implementing Intel’s commitment. Learn more.
UN Secretary-General Outlines 5-Year Action Agenda — Entering into his second-term, Secretary-General Ban has laid out his vision for the next five years, a plan, he said, “to build the future we want.” Full implementation of the Global Strategy remains a strong priority for the Secretary-General. Read the full text here.
2012 World Economic Forum — Women’s and children’s health was high on the agenda at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos. The UN Secretary-General and Archbishop Desmond Tutu co-hosted a lunch entitled “A Better World for Women and Girls." Two new initiatives were launched by business and social media leaders that aim to end new HIV infections among children. Global Health & Diplomacy Magazine launched its inaugural issue at Davos, which shone a spotlight on women's and children's health with pieces by Dr. Thomas Stelzer, President Kikwete, and Kathy Calvin. Read remarks given by the Secretary-General at Davos on why women are a smart investment. View photos from Davos.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Anthony Lake to Chair SUN Lead Group
— Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, will Chair the SUN
Movement Lead Group on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Dr.
David Nabarro, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for
Food Security and Nutrition, will serve as the SUN Movement’s
Coordinator. Learn more.
UN Association (UNA-USA) Call on Every Woman Every Child — On
Thursday January 12th, UNA-USA held a nationwide conference call on
Every Woman Every Child with the UN Foundation. A recording and
transcript of the call is available here.
Development of a Global Research Agenda for Women’s and Children’s Health
— Representatives from academic and research institutions, civil
society organizations, governments and multilaterals met in Geneva to
kick off a work plan for a prioritized global research agenda to
influence policy and best practice on women’s and children’s health. Learn more.
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Summit — 13 leading pharmaceutical companies, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and governments met in London to announce joint action for the elimination of 10 NTDs which affect 1.4 billion people. Implementation of these pledges will save and improve the lives of women and children. Learn more.