A number of key advocacy moments and events served as catalysts for change in 2012, in support of Every Woman Every Child:
UN Launches Commission on Life-Saving Commodities — April saw the launch of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, which aims to increase access to life-saving medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable women and children.
Highlights from the Every Woman Every Child movement.
Global Commitment on Preterm Birth — 30 new and expanded commitments proposing actions for policy, programs and research by a wide range of partners towards the prevention and care of preterm birth were announced in May around the launch of the Born Too Soon global action report on preterm birth.
Global Effort to End Preventable Childhood Deaths — In June, over 80 governments and a multitude of partners from the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations gathered at the Child Survival Call to Action: A Promised Renewed to launch a sustained, global effort to save children’s lives.
Groundbreaking Summit Advocates for Family Planning — New commitments announced by more than 150 leaders from governments, civil society and the private sector in July at the London Family Planning Summit, will be used to ensure that an additional 120 million women and girls that need voluntary family planning services can access them in the world's poorest countries by 2020, in support of Every Woman Every Child.
Progress against HIV/AIDS – At the XIX International Aids Conference, global partners in the HIV field including policy makers, persons living with HIV, scientists and global leaders, reviewed their progress and pushed forward to sustain results for those living with HIV and the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
Honoring Our Joint Commitment to Accountability and Tracking Implementation — In September 2012 the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) will present UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon its first annual review of the results and resources related to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and on progress implementing the first nine recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability Commission. In addition, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health 2012 report will review the progress made towards implementing the commitments by all stakeholders to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.