Every Woman Every Child+Social Good, World Population Day and Malala Day
Every Woman Every Child + Social Good
Last week, a dynamic and interactive event was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York which brought together over 100 Ambassadors, policy makers, thought leaders, and global citizens united in one goal: to harmonize efforts around global women's and children's health, including through the power of innovation and new media. The event was hosted by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Foundation and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in support of Every Woman Every Child, and proved to be a rousing success, with lively discussion, interviews, panels and presentations centered on accelerating action around global health. With #EWECProgress and #SocialGood trending nationally on Twitter, stakeholders emerged from the event more committed than ever to working together and honing the power of technology, data, coordination and partnership in new and interesting ways. View a Storify summary of the event. Watch the opening panel on UNTV “Harmonizing the Global Narrative for Advocacy: Coalition Building" with moderator Ann Starrs and panelists Anthea Webb, Vibeke Jensen, Herve Verhoosel, and Leith Greenslade and keynote remarks by Ambassador Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, and Dr. Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning. Watch the second panel "Translating Country Action" with moderator Carmen Barroso and panelists Rachel Wilson, Marta Seoane Aguiló, Kate Rogers, and Jagdish Upadhyay.
"Harmonizing the Global Narrative for Advocacy: Coalition Building" panel at Every Woman Every Child+Social Good with moderator Ann Starrs and panelists Anthea Webb, Vibeke Jensen, Herve Verhoosel, and Leith Greenslade. Via Charlotte Scaddan.
World Population Day and Anniversary of the London Summit on Family Planning
16 million girls under age 18 give birth each year. Another 3.2 million
undergo unsafe abortions. On July 11th, World Population Day, the
global community came together to raise awareness about adolescent
pregnancy in the hopes of delivering a world where every pregnancy is
wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is
fulfilled. Learn more at the website of UNFPA. The day also marked
the anniversary of last year’s London Summit on Family Planning. A
year after the historic Summit, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) points to
key successes in the collective goal of giving 120 million more women
and girls access to lifesaving contraceptives by 2020. A snapshot of
>>Countries are commanding ownership of family planning programs;
>>Innovative partnerships are increasing access to a variety of contraceptive methods;
>>The global governance framework for family planning is established; and
>>In the coming weeks, three of the established FP2020 Working
Groups will meet for the first time to finalize work plans and formalize
annual report of collective, community progress to advance these goals
will be launched in November, at the 2013 International Conference on
Family Planning in Ethiopia. Learn more at www.familyplanning2020.org.
July 12th, the day of her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani
schoolgirl and education activist, from the United Nations General
Assembly urged young people and global leaders around the world to
champion education as the weapon against illiteracy, poverty and
“Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,” Ms. Yousafzai said, in her impassioned address to the UN Youth Assembly.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dubbed July 12th 'Malala Day' in honour of her heroic stand to ensure education for all. The meeting, which featured nearly 1,000 youth leaders, was addressed by former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Vuk Jeremić, President of the United Nations’ General Assembly, and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Special Envoy on Youth. Learn more about Malala Day and the UN Global Education First Initiative.