Press release: From Pledges to Action
Tracking $40 Billion in Commitments for Maternal and Child Health:
Mutual Accountability on Women's and Children's Health Goals Essential to Millennium Development Goal Success
Press Conference: 12 November
Registration starts: 10:30 am
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: Le Belvedere, Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi
12 NOVEMBER 2010 | NEW DELHI - This year, governments, foundations, businesses, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and health care professional associations publicly pledged more than $ 40 billion* to improve maternal and child health and save millions of lives.
How do you ensure that they will live up to these commitments?
One way is to bring all of the stakeholders together -- from government to civil society to academia to health professionals to the UN -- to develop concrete strategies for action on financing, policies and service delivery. This is the goal of the Partners' Forum meeting to be held in New Delhi this weekend, 13-14 November, a global meeting of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), representing all of key stakeholder groups.
PMNCH is an independent alliance of 350 partner-organizations hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva. It brings together six different constituency groups, from governments and civil society to health professional associations and academic institutions.
The Delhi meeting, hosted by the Government of India, follows closely from the launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN General Assembly in September. This outreach has generated $40 billion in commitments towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals -- a landmark achievement for women and children's health. PMNCH has been central in developing both the content of the Global Strategy and in mobilizing financial commitments. PMNCH members will now play a critical role in following up, including further development of commitments and encouraging accountability for those pledges made.
“These commitments have been a critical turning point in the fight to save millions of lives of women and children," says Flavia Bustreo, MD, Director of PMNCH. "For the first time, we have had significant sums of money pledged to women's and children's health from a broad range of partners. It's a great sign of faith in the progress that countries are making towards achieving the MDGs. Now, the task for PMNCH is to spur a drive from these commitments to action. The first task is to support a common approach in the accountability process, so everyone is doing, looking at, and measuring the same things."