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The Global Business Plan for Millennium Development Goals
4 and 5

The Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown with Bill and Melinda Gates have taken the initiative to develop a plan for an intensified effort to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths. The Global Business Plan aims at accelerating progress towards Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. The Partnership has served as the platform for developing the plan and ensuring contributions by its stakeholders.

The key elements in the implementation of the Global Business Plan (GBP) for MDGs 4 & 5 will be:

  • To achieve agreement among donors to concentrate funding in support of each country‚Äôs national health plan, since funding today is scattered on a multitude of different health initiatives;
  • To sharply increase access to services aimed at saving life and improving health and well-being for mothers, newborns and children;
  • To introduce and scale up results-based finance, so that increases in the number of people receiving care leads to a corresponding increase in funding;
  • To launch a global campaign to build political commitment;
  • To strengthen local advocacy.

The Global Network of Leaders

Building political commitment will be an essential part of the implementation of the Plan. At the highest level, President Bachelet of Chile, President Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Guebuza of Mozambique, and President Kikwete of Tanzania, have already joined Prime Minister Stoltenberg in The Network of Global Leaders to accelerate the effort to achieve MDG 4 and 5.

The process so far

The Prime Minister of Norway, Mr Jens Stoltenberg, launched his MDG 4 Initiative for Child Survival in New York in September 2006. That initiative has grown to include maternal health and MDG 5, with several other donors and governments joining under the umbrella of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. In January 2007, a technical meeting took place in London with WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, the Health Metrics Network, academic institutions, the government of Norway and PMNCH to review the background papers with a second meeting in Oslo in March which further defined the GBP for MDGs 4&5.

The GBP for MDGs 4 & 5 was first presented to all Partners in the Partnership at the Tanzania Partners' Forum April 2007 and Norwegian Prime Minister's keynote address at the World Health Assembly also mentioned the initiative.

A concept paper on which the Plan will be based - Draft Concept Paper, The GBP for MDGs 4 & 5 - has been developed. The comments and suggestions received from the UN system (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA etc.), the World Bank, individual countries, professional organizations, NGOs and others will be taken into consideration when the Plan is developed in detail.

A Consultation on the GBP for MDGs 4 & 5 took place in Geneva, 2-3 July 2007. The purpose of the meeting was to agree on the pillars of the GBP for MDGs 4 & 5 based on input from colleagues from countries on the Draft Concept Paper, The GBP for MDGs 4 & 5. Colleagues took part from the Governments of Bangladesh, Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Great Britain, Mozambique, Norway, Pakistan, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States as well as from Family Care International, Ifakara Health Research & Development Centre, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Research, the Gates Foundation, GAVI Alliance, WHO, World Bank, UNFPA and UNICEF. Comments from the members are welcome and should be sent to pmnch@who.int by 23 July 2007.

The Plan will be launched in New York City on September 26 during the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Relevant links regarding the Global Business Plan


Draft Concept Paper, The Global Business Plan for MDGs 4&5 [pdf 74kb]


The Rt. Honourable Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, at the World Health Assembly 2007

Meeting reports

Consultation on the Global Business Plan for Millenium Development Goals 4 & 5
Geneva, 2-3 July 2007

Partner's Forum 2007: Daily Report 19 April 2007 [pdf 459kb]
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, April 2007


All Powerpoint presentations from the Global Business Plan Consultation

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