Saving the Lives of 16 Million April 2013

1,000 Days for #MDGMomentum and World Malaria Day


1,000 Days for #MDGMomentum and World Malaria Day

Global Leaders and Every Woman Every Child Partners Rally around the #MDGMomentum 1,000 Days Moment  

Last week, the United Nations and its partners around the world observed 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):

  • In Madrid, Spain, the Secretary-General and young people from the Spanish and European Youth Councils observed the moment at a special event on April 4th, joined by a number of heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes.

Today, Friday April 12th, the UN Secretary-General and other speakers will host a follow up event on 1,000 Days of Action, beginning at 3:30PMEST. The event will be webcast with a slight delay, at 

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves at the crowd before kicking off the Real Madrid-Levante football match at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Mr. Ban was wearing a white T-shirt with the number 1,000 on the back, signifying the number of days remaining to take action before the deadline of the anti-poverty targets -- the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas, 06 April 2013, Madrid, Spain.

World Malaria Day, April 25 

Since 2000, the world has made major progress in reducing malaria illnesses and deaths. Now, for the first time in history, defeating the disease altogether is within reach. World Malaria Day is April 25, and this year’s theme is “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria.” During the World Health Summit, which took place this week in Singapore from April 8th-10th, Roll Back Malaria hosted a panel and press conference, and announced a new celebrity ambassador and champion. Throughout the month, additional events will offer partners opportunities to engage, including a series of lunch discussions with Member States and partners on financing malaria goals, including one in Geneva on April 16th and one at UNHQ on April 17th, held in coordination with the office of Ray Chambers, Special Envoy for Malaria and for the Financing of the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Learn more on the website of Roll Back Malaria.



In this Issue

1,000 Days for #MDGMomentum and World Malaria Day

Updates from March

Partner Spotlight: Friends of UNFPA

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


A monthly roundup of pertinent resources. Please submit your recent reports via email for consideration.

Open Doors: Gender Equality and Development in the Middle East and North Africa (The World Bank)

Call for Abstracts – International Conference on Family Planning, 2013

PMNCH Knowledge Summary #24 The economic benefits of investing in women’s and children’s health

HIV Testing by Private Health Providers: Evidence from 18 Countries (PEPFAR and USAID)

Read More Publications and Resources »

Quote of the Month

"Cynics expected the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] to be abandoned. Some felt they were too ambitious .... Instead, the Goals have mobilized action and achieved remarkable results... We need to accelerate our work...In the next 1,000 days, let us give 1,000 percent”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an acceptance speech after receiving the New Economy Forum Award for Economic and Social Development, Spain, 5 April 2013.

Calendar of Events

April 12
Launch of global pneumonia and diarrhea plan

April 13-14
Global Health & Innovation Conference

April 15
Newborn Health Conference

World Vaccine Congress

April 19
Education First Summit

April 22-26
UN Commission on Population and Development

April 24-30
World Immunization Week

April 25
World Malaria Day

April 29- May 1
InterAction Forum 2013

View full calendar »


Updates from March

 57th Commission on the Status of Women ends in outcome document — The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 4th – 15th 2013. The priority theme was elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Health, particularly HIV, maternal health, and sexual and reproductive health, feature prominently in the outcome document. The text also discusses the role of health systems generally and the risks that health systems can pose in committing violence against women, as maternal health centers are key entry points for preventing violence against women. View the full text of the outcome document. View archived webcasts of the event. Read a statement on the outcome document from UNFPA and one from UN Women. Read a summary of the “Too Young to Wed” Panel Discussion held in support of Every Woman Every Child during the CSW.

World Water Day and A Call to Action on Sanitation — On Thursday, March 21st, the eve of World Water Day, a call to action on sanitation was launched, led by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. The call to action marked the beginning of a reinvigorated effort to achieve the MDG 7c target on water and sanitation by expanding access to basic sanitation, improving hygiene, eliminating open defecation and promoting safe management and reuse of human waste and waste-water. Read a summary of remarks from the launch event.
On the eve of World Water Day, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson announced, on behalf of the Secretary-General and UN, the launch of a renewed effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goal on sanitation by the 2015 deadline. Pictured here with President and CEO of the UN Foundation Kathy Calvin. Photo credit Megan Gemmell.

Global Development Community discusses Post 2015 Development Agenda — Over 200 representatives of the global development community gathered in Bali from March 24th – 26th on the sidelines of the final meeting of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to debate key development priorities to follow the United Nations present Millennium Development Goals. Learn more.

East African Community launches Open Health Initiative — On March 27th – 29th in Kigali, Rwanda, the East African Community launched a new $5 million program to boost progress in the five EAC partner states: the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda. The Initiative is seeking to deliver improved reproductive, maternal and child health. Learn more.

Partner Spotlight: Friends of UNFPA

Friends of UNFPA.JPGUNFPA is delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Friends of UNFPA advances this global effort by mobilizing funds and action for UNFPA’s lifesaving work. In alignment with these goals, Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by addressing major global health challenges through work with governments, the private sector and civil society. Recognizing the intersection of these efforts, Friends of UNFPA is making a formal commitment to Every Woman Every Child. Learn more. View Friends of UNFPA’s full commitment in support of Every Woman Every Child.

News and Opinion


March 7

Human rights for women's and children's health: examining the evidence

March 8

Stronger protection for women and girls' health starts today


March 11

Leveraging Personal Relationships for Girls and Women


March 12

What Social Enterprises Can Do for Girls Everywhere

March 14

Jill Sheffield: What Women’s Empowerment Means to Me

March 15

Cross-sector partners unite for action on child marriage


March 18

Saving Mothers' Lives With Calcium: An Innovative Program in Nepal to Prevent Pre-Eclampsia


March 25

Private Sector Provides HIV Testing


March 27

The Power of Conditional Cash Transfers for Girls and Women

April 1

Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises


April 4

EuWHO youth initiative calls for global health equity

Ensuring Real Contraceptive Choice Through a Robust Supply Chain


April 8

Graça Machel to chair PMNCH board



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