EWEC Global Strategy Progress Report launched at High-Level Political Forum in New York

18 JULY 2017 | NEW YORK, NY

Introduction

A new report launched by Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in New York on July 18 underscores that, progress for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health—while tremendous—remains partial and fragile. “Progress in Partnership”—the first progress report on the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health – provides a comprehensive snapshot of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting linkages across sectors and the power of partnership to deliver on a sustainable, inclusive and integrated development agenda.

Drawing on the latest available country data on the 60 indicators of the EWEC Global Strategy, 34 of which come directly from the SDGs and an additional 26 taken from existing indexes and processes, “Progress in Partnership” leverages the WHO’s Global Health Observatory to showcase country progress. Additionally, the report highlights self-reported progress from 72% of the 134 non-governmental commitments to the EWEC Global Strategy, who were included in the 2015-2016 reporting cycle. In total, the report notes that 215 commitments by 212 commitment makers have been made to the EWEC Global Strategy since its launch in 2015, totaling nearly $30 billion and reaching an estimated 273 million women, children and adolescents with life-saving and life-changing services and supplies.

Just more than one year into the implementation of the SDGs and the EWEC Global Strategy, “Progress in Partnership” helps to set a baseline and highlights critical issues in a time of complex development challenges, including historic conflict, humanitarian crisis and migration, as well as shifting political agendas. It presents that such challenges require collective, cross-sectoral efforts, ambition, innovation and a keen focus on equity to ensure access to quality care, services and rights, in all settings.

The event served to elevate discussions beyond the Forum’s thematic and national reviews to highlight interlinkages across the SDGs – including SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5 and 17, which were being reviewed.

Common themes emerging from panellist and speaker interventions throughout the event included:

  • The need for increased commitments and financial resources as well as effective interventions for better use of resources.
  • The need for increasing partnerships and integration, underlining the philosophy that “more can be done together than alone; and
  • The importance of collaboration across the survive, thrive and transform goals, across constituencies as well as across sectors.

In written remarks delivered on her behalf, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, noted:

“We have the tools and the knowledge to take on persistent challenges and create a better, more just and prosperous future for all. But moving from resolve to universal success will require collaboration, smart investments, innovation and ambition.”

What the speakers said:

The EWEC effort is the most important effort to help us connect the dots across issues, across agenda and across organisations. It is clear that we will not achieve our goal if we work in isolation… Working together will be critical to moving this effort forward and H6 will be central to that effort, and we will try to do everything we can to bring all your efforts into action so we can make a difference.
Mr. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS, as Chair of the H6

Together, the people in the room have brought new momentum in showing women, children and adolescents survive and thrive. PMNCH has worked tirelessly to bring partners together in the last 12 years and it was an honour to be the co-chair. .. In my vision statement, I said we must not only place the wellbeing of women, children and adolescents at the centre of global health but also position health at the centre of the gender equality agenda because it is political. So your area of focus on empowerment of women, girls and communities resonates strongly with me.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization, on behalf of the H6

The Vice-Minister reiterated Chile’s commitment to women, children and adolescents and in particular, the most vulnerable. “Es importante fortalecer los servicios por las mujeres, niños y adolescents.”
H.E. Dr. Jaime Burrows, Vice-Minister of Public Health, Government of Chile

In addition to government oversight I also talk about the three Ps (powers) that parliamentarians have: The power of purse, that is what controls and delivers on pledges; the power of policy, because it is not just articulating policy, it is also to hear people through representative functions and to make sure that their concerns are reflected in the policies that we articulate ; and the power of pronouncements because what MPs say in the public domain does have an impact on the general discourse and when we are talking about changing mind sets that becomes even more important.
H.E. Mr. Saber Chowdhury, MP, President, IPU & member of the HLSG for EWEC

Health means having a good mental and psychological wellbeing, it means having good education, it means lessening of the problems and challenges children and women face. To do that, it is very important to identify what the challenges and gaps are. Youth can be part of solving the problem. It is very important to have us included in the solutions, because we can help identify the problems, what is needed. Governments must include youth in their policies and strategies and in helping identify what the problems are.
Ms. Bayan Sa’adeh, a young leader from Jordan

In terms of commitments and progress it is clear that the community has made much stronger commitments to survival, slightly less to thriving and even less to transforming . If we really want to change the world in a fundamental way, all of these are equally important. If you don’t survive, nothing else counts but survival alone is not enough. We need to be able to thrive but we want to change the world in a fundamental way so transform is important. In terms of commitment and results there is evenness.
Mr. Kul Gautam, Co-Chair, Independent Accountability Panel for EWEC

The power of partnership, of coming together, of aligning and of looking at how we can do things better together, than alone, seems to have an effect. The bad news is that there is still a lot to do. It is not just interventions and strategies that are a collective effort from partners but it is also the data which needs to be collected in many instances.
Ms. Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, PMNCH, who moderated the panel discussion.

“Progress in Partnership” was developed by the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, with guidance from the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General and technical contributions from the H6 partners (UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, the World Bank and WHO), and in close collaboration with other partners.