Saving the Lives of 16 Million June 2014

In focus: Acting on the Call, PMNCH Partners' Forum, Second Meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development



Acting on the Call, 2 Year Anniversary of the Child Survival Call to Action and the launch of Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed

Today, in support of Every Woman Every Child, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the governments of Ethiopia and India, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, came together for a high-level forum, Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, to celebrate the progress, assess the challenges that remain and identify the steps needed to sustain momentum in the future.

To join the conversation on twitter follow #5thbday. 

To view the Secretary General’s video message please click here.

PMNCH Partners' Forum and MDG Advocates Trip 

From June 30 – July 1, global health professionals, policy makers, business leaders, advocates and youth leaders will gather for the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health’s (PMNCH) third Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa in support of Every Woman Every Child.

The meeting will be a pivotal moment to review progress, identify factors for success, and agree on commitments for action to help women, newborn, children and adolescents survive and thrive.

In addition, the Every Newborn Action Plan, a roadmap and joint platform for reducing preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths, will be launched and commitments to Every Woman Every Child, to advance this work, will be annouced. 

Concurrently, the MDG Advocates will host the first-ever MDG Advocates meeting in Kigali Rwanda on July 3. This meeting will be a capstone to the MDG Advocates activities in Africa which will commence on July 1 at the Partners' Forum.

For more information on the forum click here. To follow the conversation on twitter follow #PMNCHLive.

Second Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development  

The second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be held from June 30-July 8 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The theme will be “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals.” In addition, a side event to the Forum will be held in support of Every Woman Every Child. Look for a full summary of the event in our July newsletter. For a full list of side events click here

To learn more click here



In this Issue

In Focus: Acting on the Call, PMNCH Partners' Forum, Second Meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Updates from June

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: UNFPA

Calendar of Upcoming Events

June 30- July 1       

2014 PMNCH Partners' Forum

June 30-July 1    

Second Meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

July 22     

Department for International Development's Girl Summit


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

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 Report

Brussels G7 Summit Declaration

Narrative Arc for the Upcoming Events to Advance Women’s and Children’s Health

Quote of the Month

“So let us together today commit to deliver a world of health, safety and possibility for every woman and every child. Let no children grow up without a mother.  Let no mother have to grieve a lost child.  Let every boy and every girl have the opportunity to know and enjoy their sisters and brothers."  

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks at Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm's Reach








Updates from June

Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach — From May 28-30, Prime Minister Harper hosted a Global Summit in support of Every Woman Every Child on maternal, newborn and child health in Toronto.

At the summit, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada will be committing another $3.5 billion to improve global maternal, newborn and child health.

Over the course of the Summit, leaders and experts worked together to advance three priority themes: getting results for women and children; doing more together globally; and taking real action on women’s and children’s health.

To learn more click here. To view welcoming Statements by Prime Minister Harper click here. To read the UN Secretary-General’s remarks click here.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference at the conclusion of Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm's Reach. Speaking to journalists with him: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (centre) and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania (left).

Midwives: Improving Women’s Health Globally, International Confederation of Midwives ConferenceThe ICM Congress on Midwives took place in Prague from June 1-5. Over 3,700 participants from around the globe exchanged ideas and best practice through workshops and lectures during the four days.

At the event, Her Excellency Ms. Toyin Saraki accepted the Board’s invitation to be the Inaugural ICM Global Goodwill Ambassador.

Additionally, UNFPA and partners launched the 2014 edition of the State of the The World’s Midwifery to highlight the important role of these healthcare professionals. For more information click here.

Day of the African Child— The Day of the African Child is celebrated on June 16 to commemorate the day when, in 1976, thousands of black school children in Soweto, South Africa, took to the streets to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language.

The Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI), a partnership between UNICEF and UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS), used the occasion to launch two regional studies about out-of-school children in Sub-Saharan Africa. These studies are available for download here.

Partner Spotlight: UNFPA

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UNFPA will double the proportion of its resources focused on family planning from 25% to 40 % based on current funding levels, bringing new funding of at least US $174 million per year from core and non-core funds. This will include a minimum of US $54 million per year, from 2013-2019, in increased funding for family planning from UNFPA’s core resources. 

News and Opinion


May 29
Why Vital Statistics are a Matter of Birth and Death


June 3 

Educating Girls-What the World Can and Must Do


June 5
#Commit2Deliver: Together, We Are Going Further for Women and Children


June 13
How Nonprofits are Endorsing Profit When It’s For A Good Cause


5 Things the World Can Do to Save 5 Million Kids in 5 Years (and make more World Cup Footballers)


June 17

Delivering Joy: Midwives are the Key to a Future with Healthy Mothers and Babies



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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