Saving the Lives of 16 Million October 2014

In focus: Partnering for Results: Delivering for Every Woman & Every Child Within A Generation 



Partnering for Results: Delivering for Every Woman & Every Child Within A Generation

From left to right: Munira Sha'ban, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Li Xiaolin and Ray Chambers. Photo/Stuart Ramson for United Nations Foundation.

The opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York at the end of September marked a key opportunity for the wide range of partners of the Every Woman Every Child movement to come together and celebrate progress and ensure that the health, rights and well-being of women and children remain a priority for the last year of the MDG and going into the post-2015 agenda.

On September 25, during the Every Woman Every Child private sector luncheon and high-level event hosted by the Secretary-General entitled, “Partnering for Results: Delivering for Every Woman & Every Child Within a Generation”, heads of state, business leaders, philanthropists, UN officials and civil society partners announced up to $4.46 billion in financing support towards MDG acceleration, laying the groundwork for ending all preventable deaths of women and children. The World Bank Group and the Governments of Canada, Norway, the United States of America announced up to $4 billion in financing support towards the creation of an innovative Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child. This facility will support countries in their efforts to mobilize additional domestic and international resources, through innovative financing mechanisms, required to scale-up and sustain health services for women, children and adolescents. 

A series of additional Every Woman Every Child events took place throughout the week, including an evening reception to celebrate progress and #Commit2Deliver for the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health and an Accountability Breakfast hosted by PMNCH, Countdown to 2015, the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) and World Health Organization (WHO).

Photos from the High Level event can be found here. To read Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks click here. To watch a recording of the event click here.



In this Issue

In Focus: Partnering for Results: Delivering for Every Woman & Every Child Within A Generation

Updates from October

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: Family Planning 2020

Calendar of Upcoming Events

November 12

World Pneumonia Day

November 17

World Prematurity Day

November 19

World Toilet Day

For a full list of upcoming events click here.


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

2014 Under-five maternal mortality rates

Leading MDG Action: Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges and Opportunities for MDG Achievement

Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health

The iERG 2014 Report: Every Woman, Every Child: A Post-2015 Vision

The PMNCH 2014 Accountability Report: Tracking Fincial Commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

Quote of the Month

“Each day, some 17,000 more children survive. Deaths of mothers have been cut by almost half since 1990.These are impressive numbers in conference rooms in New York. They are even more meaningful in hospitals, health posts and homes. In today’s troubled world, our progress in this area shines brightly. It demonstrates what can be achieved when we come together as a community in partnership.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at Partnering for Results: Delivering for Every Woman & Every Child Within A Generation High Level Event









Updates from October

The UN Days honored in October helped to highlight a range of issues impacting women’s and children’s health. Read below for highlights and learn how Every Woman Every Child partners were involved.

International Day of the Girl- Celebrated on October 11, this year’s theme was “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”, in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering adolescent girls and of preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence adolescent girls experience, including child marriage. Learn about Every Woman Every Child partners working to end child marriage.

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 “Girls Speak Out: Showcasing Girl Activists from around the World”, was held at UN headquarters on International Day of the Girl Child. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

International Day of Rural Women- October 15 was the International Day of the Rural Women. Rural women play a key role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, yet in many countries they face obstacles in accessing basic health services. Learn more.

World Food DayWorld Food Day was celebrated on October 16. This year’s theme was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth” to highlight the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrients, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development. Learn about Every Woman Every Child commitments focused on nutrition.

International Day For the Eradication of PovertyThis year’s theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on October 17 was “Leave no-one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty”, pointing to the urgent need to eliminate discrimination, marginalization and exclusion based on poverty, gender, age or ethnic origin. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda. Read the Secretary-General’s remarks. Learn more.

World Polio Day- World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24. This year the day highlighted the progress that has been made in ending polio, with the annual number of polio cases having decreased by over 99%. Yet, the work is not done: polio remains endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. For more information click here.


Partner Spotlight: Family Planning 2020


Family Planning 2020 is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have. FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multi-lateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020.

News and Opinion


September 16
Surviving Childhood in Africa


September 19  

The Future We Want 


September 25

Philips Pledges to Women and Children Ahead of 2025


Stephen Harper tells UN maternal and child health close to his heart


Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child: Building Critical Infrastructure and Capital for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Post-2015


September 26

UN Chief Calls for Improving Health of Women, Children


September 27

‘Every Woman Every Child’ Movement for Health Improvement



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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