The Partnership Update - June 2009

Headlines on action for maternal, newborn and child health

UN Forum on Health

On 15 June 2009, the UN Secretary General BAN Ki-moon has convened a special forum featuring over 27 leaders and experts to discuss necessary steps to ensure the adequate progress to achieve the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The 2009 report of the Global campaign for the Health MDGs: Leading by Example–Protecting the Most Vulnerable During the Economic Crisis was also launched during the special session. Partnership board members, Joy Phumaphi and Tore Godal were among the guests highlighting the need for increased visibility and resources for maternal, newborn and child health issues. The forum and the report both made strong emphasis on the need to protect women and children during economic crises and called for broader attention and action by global partners.

G8 2009: hope for MNCH

Global health advocates including civil society members of the Partnership are gearing up action towards 2009 G8 Summit to be held in L’Aquila, Italy on 8-10 July. As a sign of stronger global commitments around maternal, newborn and child health issues, Parliaments of two G8 countries --Canada and Italy -- have unanimously passed resolution stating their commitments to reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality at home and abroad, and support the work of international partners to achieve MDGs 4 & 5. Resolutions have been supported by previous briefings and events by members of the Partnership such as the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA), and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), the Italian National Observatory for Women's Health (O.N.Da), PMNCH and WHO Department for Reproductive Health and Research.

UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution on maternal mortality

On 17 June 2009, the UN HRC expressed grave concern at the unacceptably high global rate of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and adopting a "landmark resolution" acknowledging that "preventable maternal mortality and morbidity" is a human rights issue. The Council also requested the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) prepare a "thematic study on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights," in consultation with states, the WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF the World Bank and other relevant stakeholders.