PMNCH events at the 74th UN General Assembly

17-30 September 2019 | New York


In the run-up to the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage(UHC) on 23 September 2019, the message must be loud and clear: women, children and adolescents (and their health) are essential to achieving the UHC-related Sustainable Development Goal targets. Beyond the High-Level Meeting, it is vital to ensure that UHC policies and programmes prioritize gender equality and women, children and adolescent health interventions, as well as identify the best ways to meet their specific needs.

Throughout the UN General Assembly week, PMNCH and partner events will continue to address what women, children and adolescents in UHC requires, including key policies, financing, multistakeholder collaboration and accountability.


Sunday, 22 September 2019
Accountability for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the centre of UHC
PMNCH Accountability Breakfast 2019

“Listening to communities – especially those in marginalized and remote places – is really important, and listening to women and young people, especially so,” said Honorable Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair, as she joined more than 200 participants at the PMNCH Accountability Breakfast. The annual event, co-sponsored by the Independent Accountability Panel and Every Woman Every Child, also heard from representatives of country delegations, private sector organizations, NGOs, research agencies, UN agencies, and others participating in this year’s UN General Assembly in New York.

Sunday, 22 September 2019
A call to action for adolescents: the time is now
Cocktail reception

International partners including PMNCH, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, the Child Health Initiative, Plan International, and the UN Major Group for Children & Youth have issued a global ‘Call to Action’ for adolescent health and wellbeing to ensure that adolescents as a population group are not left behind in the UHC movement. The Call to Action was launched at the high-level reception on adolescents in New York on 22 September on the eve of the UN High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and is now open for consultation.

Monday, 23 September 2019
Accelerating multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder action and investments for achieving UHC

Photo courtesy ICN Nurses

The High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) held in New York during the 74th UN General Assembly, resulted in a landmark UN political declaration on universal health coverage, the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. Rt Hon. Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair, participated in one of the sessions at the High-level Meeting and declared, “Women, children and adolescents account for 70% of the world’s population – and you would never want to leave 70% behind.”

Tuesday, 24 September 2019
New commitments galvanized in support of Every Woman Every Child to help advance UHC agenda
SDG Action Zone Tent, Rose Garden, UN HQ

At a high-level reception hosted by Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), in partnership with the Government of Norway, PMNCH and EWEC-LAC, new and significant commitments made within the last year to women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing in support of EWEC were announced. These commitments will in turn help advance the primary health care and universal health coverage agenda more broadly. According to PMNCH’s latest analysis, since 2010, EWEC partners have mobilized 724 commitments worth USD 88 billion by governments and multi-stakeholders cumulatively.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Digital consultation: Exploring digital opportunities for women’s and children’s health and well-being
New York

The huge opportunities rapidly developing digital technologies offer to enable and accelerate its work towards advancing women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being was the basis for a consultation convened by PMNCH and partners in New York. The consultation aimed to answer specific questions and identify the most promising technologies for WCAH and the work of PMNCH.