Executive Director’s blog


May 2013

As we move forward with advocacy efforts to ensure a prominent place for health beyond 2015, we are thrilled to welcome our new PMNCH Board Chair, Graça Machel, whose presence on the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and contributions to the UNSG’s Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group have been widely appreciated.

During a first-ever global summit on newborns in Johannesburg, she delivered her first public statement as PMNCH Chair, highlighting the role we all can play saving lives.

The Global Newborn Health Conference marked the ringing of the start bell for accelerated action towards newborn survival, including worldwide consultation toward the drafting of a Global Newborn Action Plan that will highlight the newborn as a connecting point between mother and child, uniting governments, civil society, academia, business and health professionals in a major new push for progress on women's and children's health.

Input gathered during formal and informal consultations with conference participants, and those who took part in the conversation online, will be incorporated into an official draft. This will then be developed further based on wide consultation in the coming months, including at the 2013 World Health Assembly, at the Women Deliver conference later this month and at other various regional and national consultation meetings. Visit globalnewbornaction.org to view the consultation document and have your say—or follow #NewbornActionPlan to join the conversation on Twitter.

UNSG Ban Ki-moon will hear recommendations from the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda this month, laying the foundation for the emerging sustainable development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals. After making the case for women’s and children’s health beyond 2015 in Botswana and Tunisia, and noting a lack of focus on health in the High-level Panel’s Bali Communiqué, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health is making a final push to ensure that the unfinished business of the health MDGs factor prominently in the High-level Panel’s report to the UNSG.

Thanks to 67 new additions just gathered during the first-ever Global Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Bangkok, a summary statement of our post-2015 aspirations now boasts more than 250 total signatures. We encourage members who have not yet signed to join the call before we make our final appeal to the High-Level Panel.

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