2010 Top stories, features and spotlights

October - December 2010

22 NOVEMBER 2010 | OTTAWA – African Spokesperson for PMNCH is to take over as the new head of UNFPA in 2011. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has just announced that Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, a former health minister of Nigeria, will succeed Thoraya Ahmed Obaid as UNFPA Executive Director once her tenure ends 31 December 2010

H.E. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India, inaugurates the Partners' Forum

14 NOVEMBER 2010 | NEW DELHI – At the final Closing Session of the Partners’ Forum in New Delhi, partners released the Outcome Document from the PMNCH Partners’ Forum: “From Pledges to Action and Accountability”. The Forum’s Closing Session included final declarations of commitments from each of the PMNCH constituencies, leading to the final Outcome document—the Delhi Declaration 2010, which echoed a Declaration from partners in 2005 in Delhi which led to the creation of PMNCH. The session was closed with speeches from the PMNCH Chair and high-level Ministers/Secretaries from the Government of India

13 NOVEMBER 2010 | NEW DELHI – Some 1200 participants from about 30 countries filled the Vigyan Bhawan in downtown New Delhi as the President of India -- H.E. Pratibha Devisingh Patil --inaugurated “From Pledges to Action – A Partners’ Forum on Women’s and Children’s Health.

Dr Mickey Chopra, UNICEF, at the 17th Canadian Conference on Global Health

2 NOVEMBER 2010 | OTTAWA – Speeches from PMNCH partners — CIDA’s Beverly Oda and UNICEF’s Dr Mickey Chopra — brought the issue of maternal, newborn and child health to the forefront at the 17th Annual Canadian Conference on Global Health in Ottawa.

15 OCTOBER 2010 | MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA - The Pan African Parliament (PAP) has passed a resolution to mobilize budgetary allocations from African governments to finance implementation of the African Union Declaration on Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa , following commitments by African governments at the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit in New York. PMNCH and Africa Public Health Alliance and 15% Plus Campaign commend the parliamentarians for their action.

6 OCTOBER 2010 | ROME - The City of Rome and representatives from the NGO Save the Children and national and international organizations have met one year after the launch of the NGO’s Everyone’ Campaign for a follow up which included participation from Italian ministers, the City of Rome, STC, PMNCH and the WHO.

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