2014 Partners' Forum

30 JUNE - 1 JULY | Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2014 Partners’ Forum begins: Now it is in our hands

Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President, Republic of South Africa

The 2014 Partners Forum opened today to the South African national anthem Nkosi Sikelel Africa (God Bless Africa). As proceedings kick of these next two days in Johannesburg, delegates gathered at the Forum, grappling with all that still needs to be done in the next 500 days for women’s and children’s health, will take all the help can they get.

In a plenary hall packed to the rafters, video messages from former US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton and Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General helped set the tone for the deliberations set to take place. The importance of partnerships was echoed by both and will be the common thread linking the major themes of the forum. Mrs Clinton remarked as she spoke of progress on women’s and children’s health that “we cannot rest until these problems are solved and we cannot solve these problems alone”. The Secretary General went further to stress that “success beyond 2015 depends on us working together and forging partnerships”.

Mrs Graça Machel, PMNCH Chair and African Ambassador for A Promised Renewed, was emphatic in her address as she opened the Partner’s Forum saying “we come with a united message that the needless deaths of women, newborns and children must stop“. She spoke of the importance of using this moment to draw on the lessons learned from the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals to date and in looking forward to the next 500 days ahead. She remarked that contributions from unique partnerships such as PMNCH as well as individual contribution and accountability are vital and urged participants to create a social pact to save every single life possible in every single country. “We must do more and we must do better”, she said, “we must push and push then push some more, we have 500 days, every day accounts, every action counts and every life counts”.

Mrs Machel introduced two new key reports which will be launched at the Forum today: The Countdown to 2015: 2014 Report; and The Every Newborn Action Plan, a landmark report on ending preventable newborn deaths. Participants also heard remarks from Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy Vice President, South Africa who joined Mrs Machel in reflecting on former President Nelson Mandela’s legacy and dedication to improving the lives of women and children. Mr Ramaphosa highlighted the work that still needs to be done to save lives telling participants, “Our efforts have meaning only if those who are born today can enjoy them”.

  1. About the 2014 Partners’ Forum
  2. The 2014 Partners’ Forum begins: Now it is in our hands
  3. Plenary 1: Healthy women and children at the centre of development
  4. Session 1A: “Fast-track” countries share stories of success
  5. Session 1B: Building a Future Where Children Survive and Thrive
  6. Session 1C: Delivering Immunisation Together: Hitting the MDGs and health goals beyond 2015
  7. Session 1D: Every Mother, Every Newborn: Ensuring Quality of Care at Birth
  8. Plenary 2: Health: A model of Accountability for Post-2015
  9. Session 2A: Better data for better policy making, programming and accountability
  10. Session 2B: The Every Woman Every Child health model of accountability in the post 2015 era
  11. Session 2C: Accountability for RMNCH: The African perspective and prospects
  12. Session 2D: Countdown to 2015: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children
  13. Session 2E: Addressing the Nutrition needs in a Post-2015 Agenda
  14. Plenary 3: Equity – leave no one behind
  15. Session 3A: Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality
  16. Session 3B: Bridging the Digital Divide: Making Mobile and ICTs a Reality for All
  17. Session 3C: Integrating services for HIV/AIDS and RMNCH to promote equitable access to quality care for women and children
  18. Session 3D: Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Common Goals, Shared Challenges
  19. Session 3E: Equitable access to quality midwifery
  20. Plenary 4: Leveraging Investments for Health and Sustainable Development
  21. Session 4A: Scaling-up Innovations: New ways of dealing with unfinished business
  22. Session 4B: Investing in Adolescent and Youth as Agents of Change
  23. Session 4C: Mobilization of resources to RMNCH investments for reaching 2035 targets
  24. Session 4E: Getting It Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in the Post-2015 Agenda
  25. Plenary 5: Our Common Vision – Delivering health and development for women and children beyond 2015
  26. Youth engagement at the 2014 Partners' Forum
  27. Private sector leaders reflect on post-2015 priorities and commitments to newborns
  28. World leaders: Women and children must be central to new 2030 global poverty goals