Partners' Forum 2010: From Pledges to Action

Plenary Sessions


Inauguration

H.E. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India, inaugurates the Partners' Forum
H.E. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India, inaugurates the Partners' Forum

Saturday 13 November - 11.00 - 12.30

  • Welcome: K Sujatha Rao, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, and Co-Chair of the Forum Steering Committee
  • Address: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, India
  • Video address: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Keynote address: Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO, representing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • Inaugural Address: Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India
  • Vote of thanks: Ann Starrs, Co-Chair, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

More than 1000 Partners gather in Delhi to transform world promises into action for women’s and children’s health

13 NOVEMBER 2010 | NEW DELHI – More than 1000 participants from some 50 countries packed the Vigyan Bhawan in downtown New Delhi as the President of India- H.E. Pratibha Devisingh Patil --inaugurated “From Pledges to Action – A Partners’ Forum on Women’s and Children’s Health. “ Welcomed by the host government’s Minister and Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, and with messages from high-level guests including Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General and Margaret Chan, the Director-General of WHO, the exuberant members of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health listened to accolades for a job well done---and support for the challenges ahead.

“It is my great pleasure to inaugurate and welcome all delegates to this international Conclave on 2010 Partners’ Forum,” declared H.E. Pratibha Devisingh Patil. “With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium development Goals,” said H.E. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, “there is an even greater need to give impetus to the endeavours to translate pledges into real, time-bound actions that would substantially improve the survival and health of women and children. The global health community must bring to this task, concerted will and commitment. I wish success to this concave and hope that its deliberations will contribute to proactive action.”

This year, the world pledged more than $40 billion in support of the goals set out by the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, launched by the UNSG in September. However, as many speakers pointed out—the pledges will demand renewed vigor from partners who gather in Delhi to develop concrete plans and strategies to advance those commitments, and to advocate for more.

PMNCH has been a key partner in the development of the Global Strategy, and in mobilizing commitments. PMNCH members were reminded that in 2005, a few hundred partners gathered in New Delhi to commit to the Delhi Declaration—vowing to work together to heighten awareness of the tragedy of unnecessary maternal and child deaths—and to work together to accelerate progress to achieve MDGs 4 and 5. Today, some of those same partners are here --NGOs, government, UN, donors/foundations, health care professionals, academics and the private sector—to meet and discuss again the next steps and to reaffirm their commitment to action, including the Co-Chair of PMNCH since its inception, Ann Starrs, who thanks the honoured guests for their inspirational messages and strong commitment to women’s and children’s health.

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