Thursday
May032012

Parliamentarians at the NGO Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in Kuala Lumpur 

Dame Carol Kidu. Source: devpolicy.orgParliamentarians from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines, with support from the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, are participating in the Beyond ICPD and the MDGs: NGOs Strategizing for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region meeting organized by the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) in collaboration with UNFPA being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Hon Dame Carol Anne Kidu, MP from Papua New Guinea, will make the closing address.

Wednesday
May022012

Live Twitter updates from 'Beyond ICPD & the MDGs: NGOs Strategizing for Sexual and Reproductive Rights of women and young people in the Asia-Pacific' meeting

The 'Beyond ICPD & the MDGs: NGOs Strategizing for Sexual and Reproductive Rights of women and young people in the Asia-Pacific' regional meeting is now taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is being tweeted live by ARROW. http://twitter.com/#!/WGNRR

We look forward to posting the outcome document and results of the meeting in due course.

Saturday
Apr282012

High-Level Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria. Source: WikipediaUNICEF and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, have launched a High-Level Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children, as part of the Every Woman, Every Child movement to support achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Co-Chairs will be President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway and other members will include global stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin are its Vice-Chairs.

“Making sure that women and children have the medicines and other supplies they need is critical for our push to achieve the MDGs,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The Commission will tackle an overlooked but vital aspect of health systems, and ensure that women and children are protected from preventable causes of death and disease.”

 

 

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway. Source: WikipediaThe Commission will pursue the following outcomes:

  • Reducing financial barriers to access through social protection mechanisms, such as fee waivers, vouchers and social insurance, and global financial mechanisms, such as pooled procurement;
  • Creating incentives for international and local manufacturers to produce and innovatively package overlooked supplies;
  • Identifying fast-track regulatory activities to accelerate registration and reduce registration fees for a special list of products to encourage a focus on quality medicines.

 

 
For more information on the Commission, visit www.everywomaneverychild.org/resources/un-commission-on-life-saving-commodities.

 

Wednesday
Apr252012

Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, which was co-chaired by President Jakaya Kikwete of United Republic of Tanzania and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, comprising some 30 commissioners from government, civil society, academia, the UN and other multilateral agencies, was established in January 2011. It presented its advance report in May 2011 Keeping Promises, Measuring Results.

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Tuesday
Apr242012

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) 

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) is the major coordinating mechanism for the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health (GSWCH).

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Tuesday
Apr242012

Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health (GSWCH) 

The Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health (GSWCH) was introduced as an initiative of the UN Secretary-General in 2010 at the time of the 10-year review at a High-level Meeting of the General Assembly.

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Wednesday
Apr182012

MDGs Beyond 2015… the process to 2015

In common with the Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the MDGs are ‘time-bound’, ie the time for their achievement was set as 2014 in the case of the ICPD PoA and as 2015 for the MDGs.

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Tuesday
Apr172012

Ocho Rios Declaration, Caribbean Regional Consultation in Jamaica

The regional consultation for the Anglo, Dutch and French Caribbean was held in Ocho Rios, Jamaica 12-13 April 2012 to provide input to the draft questionnaires for the Global Survey to be delivered to governments and contribute to the contents of possible optional modules that could be developed for each region and to develop a detailed plan for the movement and strategies of civil society so these consultations be informed to all and continue our role of monitoring the compliance with the ICPD in 2014 and after.

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Tuesday
Apr172012

IPU adopts resolution on the Health of Women and Children 

At its 126th Assembly in Kampala, Uganda, 31 March to 5 April 2012, the Inter-Parliamentary Union adopted a resolution on ‘Access to Health as a Basic Right: The Role of Parliaments in Addressing Key Challenges to Securing the Health of Women and Children’.

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Tuesday
Apr172012

From Accra to ICPD beyond 2014: Recommendations from African CSOs and young people  [Provisional]

Recognizing that the full implementation of Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the key actions for its further implementation are integrally linked to national, regional and global  efforts to achieve the internationally  agreed development goals including the Millennium Development Goals, the African Youth Charter, the Maputo Plan of Action, the Fifth African Development Forum, the Abuja Call for Accelerated Action, and the Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases;

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