Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health


Between 2011-2015, WHO reported on an annual basis to countries and partners on the progress towards the recommendations made by the Commission on Information and Accountability (CoIA).The reports were shared at the World Health Assembly. CoIA’s independent Expert Review Group (iERG) also published an annual report with reflections on progress achieved, challenges remaining and a set of recommendations to address them for consideration. The iERG shared their reports with WHO’s Director Margaret Chan and countries representatives and partners engaged in the implementation of the Global Strategy at the time of the UN General Assembly in September in New York, with final reports presented in 2015.

5th Stakeholder Meeting: setting the foundations for post-2015

6-7 November 2014 - Close to 100 high level representatives from governments, civil society, and international organizations have gathered in Geneva for two days to reaffirm their commitment to accelerating progress towards women’s and children’s health in the lead up to and in the post-2015 era, and to discuss how to ensure that accountability remains at the centre of this agenda.
The meeting, co-convened by The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Governments of Canada and Norway, is the last one of a number of high- level meetings convened by various key partners in 2014, all part of a larger strategic process aimed at bringing together stakeholders in women’s and children’s health to keep the momentum going and set the agenda as we approach the MDGs.

Leave no woman, child or adolescent behind

21 September 2014 | NEW YORK - Ministers, ambassadors, senior public officials, and civil society representatives gathered on Sunday in New York at a lively breakfast meeting hosted by World Health Organization (WHO), PMNCH, Countdown to 2015 and the independent Expert Review Group (iERG). In its fourth year, the breakfast, traditionally in support of Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), is an opportunity to mobilize renewed attention and energy for improving women and children’s health and a precursor of the week to come. Important new data and evidence were highlighted from two new reports — the 2014 PMNCH Report on Commitments to the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health and the third report from iERG, which focuses on a vision for women’s and children’s health in the post-2015 era. The 2014 Progress Report on the implementation of CoIA recommendations was also discussed.

#commit2deliver – Accountability as a critical piece of the MDG momentum

18 August 2014 | GENEVA - Today marks the 500 day milestone to the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MDGs 4 and 5, aimed at reducing child and maternal deaths and improving maternal health, are lagging behind. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, “We should judge the progress in humanity and the progress of any society or country by the way they treat their women and children. They have been lagging behind in the last 20 to 30 years of development. We should give them special attention.” Jason Gale of Bloomberg News speaks with Dr Margaret Chan and
Dr Flavia Bustreo about the need to further accelerate progress.

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