Women, Children & Adolescents at the 70th UN General Assembly



The Seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly began on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. This is a critical year as we witness the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) coming to a close, and the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and new set of targets. More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 to formally adopt this ambitious new sustainable development agenda. The agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.

This is an exciting time for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, which is poised to claim a central role in the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. The draft SDG proposal published last month, reflects an integrated approach to sustainable development, and includes a broad set of targets supporting healthy women, children and adolescents in relation to several goals, including those on health, education, gender and nutrition.

Launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

Key to the success of the SDGs for women, children and adolescents is their effective implementation, cue the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. This updated Global Strategy is seen as a front-runner platform for galvanizing action and results for SDGs with a focus on supporting the transition from health-related MDGs to SDGs. The launch event of the updated Global Strategy, hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will celebrate the successes of the past five years. Important political commitments and a range of new commitments are expected to be announced to help deliver the vision of ending preventable maternal and child deaths and improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents everywhere.

PMNCH at the General Assembly

The Partnership alongside a number of partners will be hosting three side events during UNGA week. Discussions will centre on the critical role of accountability in accelerating progress towards the achievement of the SDGs and the updated Global Strategy. The events, all taking place on 26 September are:

Accountability in the Post 2015 era: Reaching Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent, Everywhere

The Partnership, Countdown to 2015 and the iERG will be co-hosting an annual accountability breakfast: Accountability in the Post 2015 era: Reaching Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent, Everywhere. The event will feature the launch of the final report of the independent Expert Review Group, presentation of new data from Countdown to 2015 on country successes and the PMNCH 2015 Accountability Report - Strengthening Accountability: Achievements and Perspectives for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health.

Furthermore, the event will reflect on:
  • Evidence on RMNCAH progress over the past 5 years
  • Successes for scale up in improving RMNCAH in the post 2015 era
  • Successes around accountability processes and
  • Lessons learned and future directions on accountability

Partnerships for Accountability

The annual Accountability Breakfast will be followed by second an event co-hosted by the Partnership and more than 10 Alliances (Family Care International; International Alliances of Parents’ Organizations, NCD Alliance, Stop TB; Global Partnership for Education; International HIV/AIDs Alliance; Let Girls Lead; Girls Not Brides; Together for Girls and Sanitation and Water for All).

This meeting follows on from an initial “Alliance of Alliances” meeting in London in July that brought together thirteen alliances in a discussion to identify practical ways to work better across sectors. The meeting on 26 September aims to provide a space for stakeholders to explore different models of accountability and opportunities for collaboration around accountability across sectors.

Expected outcomes of this meeting are:
  • A joint voice across sectors on the importance of a robust shared accountability mechanism for the implementation of the SDGs
  • Key components of this accountability mechanism
  • Clear opportunities for collaboration around accountability across partnerships from different social sectors post-2015

The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health: From Paper to Action Government perspectives on operationalizing the Global Strategy

This meeting will present government perspectives on how to operationalize the updated Global Strategy and will be led by the four government Board Members of the Partnership (Government of India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Tanzania). The meeting will aim to highlight best practices at country level, and to support the further development of the Operational Framework and other tools to support implementation of the updated Global Strategy.

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