The Partnership Update - June 2009

What's on: Latest Partnership action

The Partnership Donor/Foundations' Constituency group meets in Washington DC

The meeting hosted by USAID aimed at discussing the Partnership's new strategy, workplan and resource mobilization needs for 2009 - 2011. The meeting brought together representatives of a substantial group of donor governments (Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, USA) and foundations (the Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation and the UN Foundation). Participants reviewed ongoing action by the Partnership, progress achieved so far, and expressed pledges for future contributions. Informal pledges totalling about US$12 million were raised at the meeting. The Secretariat is requested to facilitate information exchange with the members and develop funding proposals.

Partners invited to contribute to a High Level Event on MDGs 4 & 5 at the UN GA in September 2009

Building on the success of the 2008 Side-event "Commitment to Progress for Mothers, Newborn and Children" hosted by the Presidents of Chile, Finland and Tanzania and co-organized by a group of partner organizations at the UN High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals, a group of partners has requested a similar side event be held at this year's UN General Assembly. In order to garner partner support and commitments to the event, The Partnership convened a meeting, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Chile in New York on 17 June 2009. The meeting was attended by delegates from the Missions of Australia, Norway, Senegal, Tanzania, representatives from UN partners: WHO UNFPA and the UN, and civil society partners: Global Alliance for Women's Health, Family Care international, Save the Children and World Vision, among others. All partners expressed strong interest in developing a mechanism to track commitments made at the previous event and generate further commitments for MDGs 4 & 5. More partners/members will be invited to and informed about the event, as co-organizers refine their plan for the event.

Partners develop implementation plans on Priority Actions

The Partnership is transforming to become a more "partner-centric" organization, which does not duplicate or replace responsibilities of its Partners. Therefore, within the framework of the workplan and strategy for 2009-2011, all partners were invited to participate in the implementation of the Priority Action activities by liaising with the "Lead" and "Contributing" partners as indicated in the strategy document. On June 24-27, groups of partners spearheading Priority Action 2 (MNCH Core Package of Interventions), Priority Action 3 (MNCH commodities), and Priority Action 4 (Strengthening human resources) are holding working sessions to develop Draft Implementation Plans on these Priority Actions. All materials related with working sessions are available on the website and partners are invited to consult with Lead and Contributing partners. - Working Session: Implementing Priority Action 3 - Working Session: Implementing Priority Actions 2 and 4