The United Nations Secretary-Generals Global Strategy for Women's and Children's health has given a new impetus to the efforts to achieve MDG 4 and 5. It has had a significant mobilizing power, with more than 40 billion USD committed by a large number of partners so far. The main goal is to save 16 million lives by 2015.
The broad support for the Global Strategy combined with the need to track commitments and results led to the establishment of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s health in January last year. The Commission was tasked with determining the most effective institutional arrangements for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women’s and children’s health.
In its final report, the Commission presented a set of recommendations which we now need to rally behind to ensure the tracking of our individual and collective efforts to 2015. 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.
That is why we are proposing a resolution that urges Member States to honour their commitments to the United Nations Secretary-Generals Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and to implement the recommendations provided by the Commission on Information and Accountability. The resolution also seeks to underline WHO’s crucial role in the follow-up of the Commission’s recommendations.
Given the importance of this issue, we are pleased to inform that the following countries are co-sponsoring the resolution: Canada, Chile, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, South-Africa, Ghana, Kenya, The Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Togo, Burkina Faso, Australia, Barbados, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Indonesia, East-Timor, Thailand, Qatar, Morocco, United States of America, Japan, Uzbekistan, India, Nigeria, the 27 member states of the European Union in addition to my own country Norway.
Thank you, Mr. Chair