Message from the PMNCH Director - The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

22 SEPTEMBER 2010 | UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK

22 SEPTEMBER 2010 | UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK -Today's launch of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health at the MDG Summit in New York is a moment for celebration for us all. The Strategy represents the best of our collective knowledge about how to save the lives of millions of women and children. It also assigns responsibility to all of us -- including governments, donors, private business, the UN, NGOs, health professionals, academics -- to step up our efforts for women and in children, and to hold each other accountable in doing so. More than anything, today's announcement of more than $40 billion in commitments to the Global Strategy reminds us how much progress we can make when we put our shoulder to the wheel. We're not there yet, but we're finally on the road and we're picking up speed.

Earlier this year, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health was delighted to respond to the call of the UN Secretary-General to facilitate the development of the Global Strategy. It's been a defining journey for us, revealing the true strengths of an alliance of more than 300 partners with six different constituency groups. Together, we drew on our collective experience, knowledge and savvy to produce a Strategy and background papers unprecedented in analysis, argument and ambition. Together, we achieved consensus on the content of those documents. And together, we leveraged our multiple communities to produce an array of commitments unprecedented in scope. Finally, the health of women and children is starting to receive the attention it deserves.

Five years ago this month, The Partnership was launched in New York. Today's launch represents a coming of age for The Partnership and our work. The UN Secretary-General has given us a great opportunity that we will continue to strive to fulfil. Our Partners' Forum in New Delhi in November is the next step forward in turning pledges into action, as we recap our commitments and develop plans for greater accountability. Here's to the next five years, and to even greater success in our collective ambitions for the health of women and children around the world.

Dr Flavia Bustreo
Director, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

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