Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Saving the lives of mothers and children

Accelerating progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

29–30 January 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A high-level meeting on “Saving the lives of mothers and children: accelerating progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region” has been organized by the WHO Regional Office, in collaboration with UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund, to prioritize the health of women and children. The event will take place from 29 to 30 January 2013 and will be attended by leading figures, including high-level officials from Member States, key partners, parliamentarians, ministers of health, higher education and planning and representatives of regional bodies and stakeholders.

The two-day event will provide a platform for a leadership dialogue to:

  • increase the profile and commitment to maternal, adolescent, and child health (including newborns) with a focus on equity;
  • facilitate policy dialogue for accelerated action towards the achievement of universal access to maternal, adolescent, newborn and child health services in the Region;
  • discuss and agree on evidence-based packages for care and implementation strategies across the continuum of care;
  • establish a high-level regional commission for women and children. The commission will track progress in implementation, advocate and mobilize resources, and hold countries accountable for improving the lives of women and children.

The expected outcomes of the meeting are to: increase the commitment of leaders in the Region to improve maternal and child health in agreement with emerging global targets; develop a regional declaration on maternal and child health with defined commitments; establish a regional commission on maternal and child health; agree on practical coordination mechanisms to accelerate progress towards MDGs 4 and 5 in the Region and increase the commitment of partners to support accelerated action for maternal and child health in the Region.


UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO, along with UNAIDS, UN Women and the World Bank, work together as the H4+ in a joint effort to improve the health of women and children and accelerate progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5. The H4+ serves as the lead technical partners for the United Nations Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health .

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