Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at the sixty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly

21 September – 1 October 2014, New York, USA

On 16 September, the 69th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly will convene at the UN Headquarters in New York. Heads of State, representatives from UN organizations, civil society, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and other influential individuals will gather to discuss this year’s theme on "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda". WHO is involved with many events, a few highlighted below:


21 September 2014

Accountability for women’s and children’s health

On 21 September, WHO will co-host a breakfast event with Countdown to 2015, the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) and The Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). This fourth annual event will bring together stakeholders, to take stock of evidence on progress, identify models of success, and agree on the priority actions and processes essential to developing robust accountability structures which will also be relevant in the post 2015 era. Findings from the following key new reports will be presented:

  • Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children: The 2014 Report from Countdown
  • The PMNCH 2014 Report on Commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health
  • The 2014 Report by the independent Expert Review Group
  • The 2014 Progress Report on implementation of CoIA recommendations

22 September 2014

Taking action to end child marriage

Key leaders, advocates and supporters will gather for an important breakfast conversation on what needs to happen to end child marriage. The event, which will feature Mrs Graça Machel, an international advocate for women and children's rights and PMNCH Board Chair, will focus on how to build on recent achievements and make even greater strides to prevent the harmful effects of child marriage worldwide. Discussions will also centre around engaging new partners and strengthen current relationships to ensure young girls have a voice in the decisions that affect them.

Other featured speakers include Girls Not Brides initiator and board chair Mabel Van Oranje, NoVo Foundation executive director Pamela Shifman and Ford Foundation president Darren Walker.


23 September 2014

Post-2015 development agenda: sexual and reproductive health and rights-fundamental human rights, drivers of progress

UN Foundation, The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and the High-Level Task Force for ICPD will co-host an event of leaders from around the globe to galvanize action and strengthen the resolve to put sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, the human rights of women and girls, and the participation of young people at the center of the development agenda.

Breakfast of Champions for Early Childhood Development: ECD in post-2015

High-level leaders, champions of early childhood development (ECD), will gather in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly to emphasize the importance of ensuring that each and every child has the best possible start in life and the right conditions and environment to reach his or her full potential.


24 September 2014

H4+ breakfast: Driving synergies for accelerating results for women’s and children’s health

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Development from Sweden and Canada, Ministers of Health from Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the heads of WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, and UNAIDS will gather in New York to pledge their continued commitment to achieving results for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH).


25 September 2014

Partnering for results: delivering for every woman & every child within a generation

This high level event to Advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health will take place at UN Headquarters from 15:00-17:00. There will be a live webcast of the event which can be viewed at http://webtv.un.org/. Hosted by UNSG Ban Ki-moon, other featured speakers include the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, WHO’s Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and Mrs Graça Machel, Board Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH).