Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Stakeholders to review accountability for women’s and children’s health

14-15 January, 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland

Up to 70 stakeholders implementing the various initiatives under the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, will gather at a two-day meeting in Geneva hosted by the Government of Canada, WHO and Every Woman Every Child.

The participants will critically review progress made towards the Global Strategy and the implementation of the Commission on Information and Accountability’s (COIA) recommendations, prioritize the independent Expert Review Group’s (iERG) 2013 recommendations and define a roadmap for the remaining two years of implementation.

As the implementation of the recommendations of COIA enters its third year, key objectives of this meeting will be to:

  • review progress, gaps and lessons in the implementation of the accountability framework for women’s and children’s health and identify concrete steps to address the gaps and adapt to the lessons learned;
  • review and prioritize iERG recommendations for integration into the 2014-2015 workplans and discuss how to close the funding gap in the accountability multi-stakeholder workplan to implement recommendations;
  • clarify how the RMNCH mechanism brings together the various initiatives under the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, including the country accountability frameworks; and
  • discuss implications of global monitoring demands for countries and what is being done to streamline and strengthen country systems. Joint session with IHP+ and Accountability.

The meeting which will be divided into seven panel sessions over the two days will address these critical questions and discussions. During an important session at the end of day two, participants will look at how to accelerate action towards the global strategy and define accountability for health in the post-2015 development agenda.