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WHO Executive Board confirms its support to the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Last updated: 26.01.2012 // The 130th meeting of WHO Executive Board, held in Geneva from 16 – 23 January 2011, expressed its strong support to the work of the Commission on Information and Accountability by adopting a resolution that urges Member States to implement the Commission’s recommendations and underlines the crucial role of WHO in this endeavour. The resolution was proposed by Norway in cooperation with Canada, Senegal and the United Republic of Tanzania.

The Commission on Information and Accountability was established in January 2011 with the important task of determining the most effective institutional arrangements for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health. The goal was to ensure that the commitments pledged through the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health make a tangible difference in the lives of women and children. It was also foreseen that the Commission’s recommendations  would constitute a force multiplier for achieving the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 by 2015.

In the resolution on “Monitoring the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals: Implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s  and Children’s health”, the WHO Executive Board welcomes the final report of the  Commission and its recommendations. The resolution also urges Member States to honour their commitments to the Global Strategy and to implement the recommendations provided by the Commission. It goes on to request the WHO Director General to support the Member States in this endevour and to ensure WHOs effective engagement with all stakeholders in the workplan to implement the Commission’s recommendations. The resolution enjoyed the support of 56 co-sponosors.

When introducing the resolution, General Director and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bjørn Inge Larsen highlighted the need to ensure the tracking of individual and collective efforts to 2015 and underlined that for the first time we have recommendations that are related to effective institutional arrangements for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health.

The full statement of Dr. Larsen and the resolution are enclosed.

Item 6.5: Norway's Intervention on Monitoring the achievement of the health related Millennium Development Goals

Item 6.5: Resolution proposed by Norway, Canada, Senegal and Tanzania


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