High-level Conference launch Global Campaign Report in Norway:


Accelerating Progress in saving the lives of women and children

A high-level meeting in Norway has brought government leaders, health experts and private sector together to examine health and development in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, and launch a yearly progress report on Norway’s Global MDG Campaign - Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children. The Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals was initiated by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway in 2007. The Campaign brings together a number of actions and initiatives, all aimed at fulfilling the promises given by world leaders in the Millennium Declaration in 2000. Hosted by Norway, the conference closed with a discussion between its Prime Minister, the Honorable Jens Stoltenberg and philanthropist Bill Gates.

Global Campaign Report

Since the launch regularly reports have been published focusing on progress on women’s and children’s health. The newly-launched 2013 Global Campaign report - Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children - provides an update on the significant developments and new commitments to the Strategy since its launch in 2010.

“Such national initiatives as Saving One Million Lives in Nigeria, the National Rural Health Mission of India and Safe Motherhood in Malawi are characterized by strong national political backing at the highest level and clear national priority setting” writes Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway in their joint overview,

A tipping point for change: saving millions more lives in 2013 and beyond. It sets out how initiatives will be further developed in a coordinated and effective manner, with a view to accelerating the significant progress that is now being made in reducing maternal and child deaths.

The report has contributions from the UN Secretary-General, Heads of States and Governments and other Global Leaders from UN agencies, Funds and Foundations, Regional and Parliamentary organizations, Private sector and Civil Society organizations, and a thematic article on the Progress on MDG 4 and 5; Insights from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.

The 2013 report is published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norad has contributed with technical, policy and editorial support for the report, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office. It will be launched at the conference Accelerating Progress: Saving Women’s and Children’s lives in the coming Decade in Oslo 22nd January 2013. For more information, kindly contact Lars Grønseth, Norad (editor), lars.gronseth @norad.no

Contributors to the 2013 report

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Joyce Banda, State President of the Republic of Malawi, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Barack Obama, President of the United States, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson,African Union Commission, Richard Sezibera, Secretary-General, East African Community, Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization, Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF, Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA, Abdelwahad Radi, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI, Denis Broun, Executive Director, UNITAID, Mark Dybul, Executive Director, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Vice President, Human Development Network, the World Bank, Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and CEO, MSD, Dr Jörg Reinhardt, CEO, Bayer HealthCare AG, Kevin Jenkins, President and CEO, World Vision International, Tewodros Melesse, Director-General, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Theresa Shaver, President, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, Jasmine Whitbread, CEO, Save the Children, Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, Chris Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.