independent Expert Review Group (iERG)


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Delivering on Recommendation 10

The Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA) for Women’s and Children’s health created a time-limited independent Expert Review Group to operate until 2015, withthe World Health Organization (WHO) hosting the secretariat for an independent Expert Review Group, known as the iERG.

The COIA Recommendation 10 follows:

  • Global oversight: Starting in 2012 and ending in 2015, an independent Expert Review Group is reporting regularly to the United Nations Secretary-General on the results and resources related to the Global Strategy and on progress in implementing this Commission’s recommendations.

Members of the iERG were announced in September 2011. They include: Dr Carmen Barroso, Prof Zulfiqar Bhutta, Prof Richard Horton, Prof Dean Jamison, Mrs Joy Phumaphi, Prof Marleen Temmerman, Prof Miriam Were. Find biographies of the iERG members on the link on the right.

The first face-to-face meeting of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) took place in a closed session on 21-22 November 2011 in Ottawa, Canada, in parallel with the second International Stakeholders Meeting on Implementing the Recommendations of the COIA, Ottawa, November 20-22, co-hosted by WHO and Canada at the occasion of “Delivering Results for Women and Children” Forum. Find


(from the First meeting minutes) "The iERG welcomed the support offered by PMNCH with regard to commitment tracking and outreach through its network of 400+ partners..(T)he iERG agreed to concentrate on the following three items:

  • "A review of stakeholder commitments to the UN Global Strategy and of the extent to which those commitments have been delivered...
  • "A review of good practices and obstacles to accountability for RMNCH...and
  • "Assistance with dissemination, including both the final report and products of ongoing work....(T)he PMNCH agreed to put the iERG on their calendar of critical event and support engagement of the iERG members with critical policy groups such as IPU at their upcoming assemblies in Kampala and in Quebec ."