Saving the Lives of 16 Million June 2013

Children’s Health and Sustainable Development; New Report on #MDGProgress


Children’s Health and Sustainability; Abuja + 12; New Report on #MDGProgress

Children's Health and Sustainable Development


Mohammed recovers from malaria at a Burundian run clinic in Mogadishu, Somalia earlier this year.
UN Photo.

It was just last year that global leaders convened in Washington, D.C. to spark A Promise Renewed, a movement that would end preventable child deaths, in support of Every Woman Every Child. The fire caught on, and since then, 174 countries, more than 400 civil society and faith-based organizations and many more individuals and private sector partners have signed the pledge to accelerate declines in child mortality. And, partners are turning pledges into action.

Also this month, in relation to the one year anniversary of the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference, UNICEF has released a paper called "Sustainable Development Starts and Ends with Safe, Health and Well-Educated Children," that makes the case that investments in the health, growth and safety of children should be at the heart of the world’s post-2015 approach to achieving a sustainable world of progress for all.

Learn more about commitments centered on child health in support of Every Woman Every Child.

Abuja + 12, July 12- 16 2013

Next month, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, the African Union (AU) Commission in collaboration with UN Agencies and other development partners, will organize a Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Abuja, Nigeria from July 12-16, 2013. The theme of the Abuja+12 Summit is "Ownership, Accountability and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Response in Africa: Past, Present and the Future". This special summit will review the status of Africa Governments' investment in the various national HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases (ORID) responses; and to adopt a set of actions to enhance the continent's response and effort at reversing the impact of these diseases. Additionally, the Summit will provide an opportunity for consultations with civil society and non-state actors on the status of the Abuja commitment. Learn more.

#MDGProgress Reports and Updates

In May, the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” a report which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. The report calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world.

The Panel was established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron. Learn more.

On July 1, 2013 the global launch of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2013 will take place in Geneva at the opening of the ECOSOC high-level segment, with remarks by the United Nations Secretary-General. There are now less than 1,000 days to 2015, the target date for the MDGs. The report will offer crucial and timely information on the progress we’ve made, and help define the work that remains.

View "Health in the Post-2015 Agenda": Report of the Global Thematic Consultation on Health. Visit the World We Want website.


In this Issue

Children's Health and Sustainability; Abuja + 12; New Report on #MDGProgress

Updates from May

Partner Spotlight: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


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

Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls and Migration in the Developing World (Population Council)

Health in the Post-2015 Agenda: Report of the Global Thematic Consultation on Health

Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence

"A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Developemnt" (Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on
the Post-2015 Development Agenda)


Read More Publications and Resources »

Quote of the Month

We know that women play an indispensable role at every level of society, from our families and communities, our schools and workplace, to our government and our economy…If Malaysia’s development is to be sustainable, it must afford women the same rights, respect and opportunities as men.”

Prime Minsiter Najib Razak of Malaysia, in remarks delivered at the Opening Plenary of Women Deliver, 2013.

Calendar of Events

June 27-28
2nd High level Meeting of the GlobalPOWER Women Network

July 7
PMNCH Executive Board Committee

July 11
World Population Day

July 12-164
Abuja + 12

July 24
Every Woman Every Child + Social Good

View full calendar »


Updates from April


A delegate awaits the start of a debate at Women Deliver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ahmad Yusni/EPA. 

Delivering for Every Woman Every Child at Women Deliver  — With more than 120 concurrent sessions, high-level plenaries, skills-building workshops, and ministerial and parliamentarian forums focused on building a better world for girls and women, the third global Women Deliver conference was a key moment to accelerate #EWECProgress. Notable moments included the launch of Innovation Working Group Asia; the H4+ and IATT Breakfast Session; discussion of the Global Action Plan for Newborn Health; the panel session "Every Woman Every Child Panel: From Commitments to Action"; and the 2nd iERG Open Consultation with Stakeholders. Watch video of the United Nations Secretary-General's address to Women Deliver participants. For a full list of updates and analysis from the Conference, view the Storify Executive summary of Every Woman Every Child at the Conference.

Commodities Commission resolution approved by World Health Assembly delegates with wide-ranging support Each year, delegates from WHO Member States come together to focus on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. This May AT the Sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), a resolution from the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities was approved with wide-ranging support. The resolution promotes robust monitoring and evaluation on progress achieved towards the Commission recommendations at global and country-level by requiring the submission of an annual report by the WHO Director-General to the World Health Assembly until 2015. View remarks by Ban Ki-moon here. Learn more on the Child Health Now website.

WHO report highlights violence against women as a ‘global health problem of epidemic proportions' — Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by WHO in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council. The report, "Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence", represents the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women – both by partners and non-partners. Learn more about the report and the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.

Partner Spotlight: The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)


The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) commits to supporting the Global Strategy through new multi-year investments on a national scale prioritizing child survival, educational achievement, and nutrition and hunger issues through efforts in the deworming of schoolchildren, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, achievement in early childhood education, reduction of neonatal mortality and severe acute malnutrition. Learn more.

News and Opinion


June 13

One Year Later: From Promise to Action on Ending Preventable Child Deaths


June 16

Over 14 lakh children administered polio drops in Haryana

A Promise Renewed: A great global ambition and every father's dream


June 12

IPPF proudly adds 3 more members to Family Planning task force


June 24

Getting men to want to use condoms


June 24

UNICEF: Children are both the makers and the markers of healthy, sustainable societies

June 22

Public health officials agree priority actions to detect and control MERS-CoV


June 26

Investing in Women's Health - the Key to Africa's Economic Development



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Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.  It is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world.

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