United Nations General Assemby September 2012: RMNCH In focus


EWEC gala and new commitments

The MDG Health Alliance, the United Nations Foundation, PMNCH, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in close co-operation with the Office of the UN Secretary-General

25 SEPTEMBER 2012 | Museum of Modern Art, New York - A celebratory reception hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brought together leaders from government, civil society, the private sector and international organizations to mark two years since the launch of his Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, and the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) movement. .

Since its launch in September 2010, EWEC has helped catalyze new attention and investment to some of the most neglected causes of women’s and children’s mortality. Through unprecedented global coordination and partnerships, the movement has leveraged more than $20 billion in new money to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. As of now, $10 billion has already been disbursed.

“In just two years, Every Woman Every Child has achieved important results in accelerating progress for women and children,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.” I am encouraged that so many global leaders have galvanized action around key issues like family planning, child survival and access to essential commodities. Even in these times of austerity, there is no better investment than the health of women and children.”

New commitments announced

Announcements made at the event included an additional US$52m million for women’s and children’s health in Africa from the Government of Sweden, as well as a pledge from World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to establish a special funding mechanism to enable donors to scale up their funding to meet the urgent needs related to MDGs 4 and 5, leveraging the International Development Association (IDA), the Bank’s fund for the poorest.

The movement counts more than 250 individual commitments by more than 100 partners, including low-income countries, donor governments, the UN, the private sector and civil society. Results of the joint efforts of these partners, and new commitments to spur even greater progress were announced at the special dinner. Many of these partners attended the Gala, from high-level government leaders and dignitaries to celebrities from all walks of life and from all over the globe.

The MDGs have catalyzed global commitments that have saved millions of lives, improved economies exponentially, and united the world in new ways,” said Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocate and Special Envoy for Malaria. “With the finishing line in sight, any slowdown now would undo years of progress - instead we need a big push to get us there, and there is no reason we can’t do it.”

On your right, please link to the full EWEC press release. As well, link to a Photo Gallery which includes photos of many of the partners and celebrities who attended the Gala, spoke and made commitments to women’s and children’s health.