25 SEPTEMBER 2014 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon hosted a high-level event in New York, to build strong global partnership for the Every Woman Every Child movement. The meeting saw partners commit resources to the global efforts to improve maternal and child health, including the innovative Global Financing Facility, which will prioritise investment in the health of women and children.
23 SEPTEMBER 2014 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK — At an early childhood development breakfast in New York convened by UNICEF and co-sponsored by the Governments of Chile and Rwanda, high-level leaders, champions of early childhood development (ECD) gathered 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.
23 SEPTEMBER 2014 | UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK — Mrs Graça Machel, Chair of PMNCH, was called upon to give closing remarks at the 2014 UN Climate Summit held at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. The summit, hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, brought together 120 world leaders alongside representatives from across sectors, to encourage action and solutions focused on accelerating progress in areas that can significantly contribute to reducing emissions and strengthening resilience to the effects of climate change.
22 SEPTEMBER 2014 | UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK — PMNCH Chair Graça Machel joined together with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and other leaders in New York this week to call on UN Member States to adopt a standalone target on child marriage in the new post-2015 development goals. At a breakfast hosted by the Ford Foundation on Monday 22 September, Mrs Machel said: “We are just at the beginning of building our consciousness on child marriage. We need to establish targets so that we can mobilize the world to be aware and to act.
Amplify Change: new CSO fund for sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy
The Amplify Change fund, financed by the Danish and Dutch governments, along with the David and Lucile Packard and William and Flora Hewlett foundations was launched in New York this week. The €15m fund will be used to support small, grassroots organisations to advocate for, and support policy on, marginalised sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.
The PMNCH 2014 Accountability Report: Tracking Financial Commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health
The fourth annual PMNCH 2014 Accountability Report was launched today at a breakfast event in New York in the lead up to the UN General Assembly week. This year’s report focuses exclusively on the commitments made to the Global Strategy that were specifically expressed in financial terms. It shows some encouraging trends in the implementation of Global Strategy commitments and RMNCH financing, but also points to important areas requiring additional focus.
A Call to Action: Faith for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Post 2015 Development Agenda
At a UN General Assembly consultation event held on 19 September , co-hosted by UNAIDS and UNFPA, a delegation of faith leaders issued a rousing call to action on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights calling on world leaders to uphold these rights and to ensure they are reflected in the Post 2015 Development Agenda.