Partners in Population and Development Announce New Commitment in Support of Every Woman Every Child

24 FEBRUARY 2014 | NEW YORK

Excerpts from Press release from Every Woman Every Child and Partners in Population and Development

During a high-level dinner at the United Nations Headquarters, Partners in Population and Development (PPD) announced a commitment to the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child movement, which ensures its programs and activities promote the inclusion of women and children as the beneficiary of all of its policy and program efforts. PPD will achieve this through knowledge sharing, capacity building, commodity and technology transfers, advocacy and policy dialogues, diplomacy and monitoring, partnership and resource mobilization. The announcement also includes a commitment from PPD to working with The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.

The dinner which brought United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN officials together with Member States of the Partners in Population and Development (PPD), was an opportunity to highlight the critical role of South-South collaboration as a means to advance women’s and children’s health and the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement spearheaded by the UN Secretary-General to mobilize and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children around the world. PPD’s commitment will help strengthen and harmonize joint action from their 26 members on essential interventions for women and children.

With 675 days left until the deadline for the MDGs, it is imperative that the international community come together to accelerate progress, especially on the health-related MDGs. South-South collaboration is an important driver of progress and can make a vital impact on the health and well-being of the most vulnerable women and children, now and for the future.

The dinner was attended by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Executive Director of Partners in Population and Development, Dr. Joe Thomas, WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health-Related MDGs and for Malaria, Mr. Raymond Chambers, UN Office for South-South Cooperation Director, Yiping Zhou, and Ambassadors from over 26 countries.

About PPD

Partners in Population and Development (PPD) is an intergovernmental alliance comprising of 26 developing countries. This alliance provides the mechanism to promote partnership and cooperation between the member countries, towards achieving the goals of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Programme of Action (PoA) and also the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It holds a status of Permanent Observer status at the United Nations General Assembly. The current member countries of the Alliance are, Bangladesh, Benin, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe. The PPD member countries cover more than 57% of the global population.

About Every Woman Every Child

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world. Every Woman Every Child puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children. For more information visit:

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