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

Last updated: 26.01.2012 //

The Executive Board, 

Having considered the report 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

RECOMMENDS to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly the adoption of the following resolution: 

The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly,

Recalling resolutions WHA 63.15 on Monitoring the achievement of the health related Millennium Development Goals and WHA 64.12 on WHO’s role in the follow-up to the United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (New York, September 2010) 

Expressing deep concern at the inadequate progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on reducing child mortality and on improving maternal health;  

Acknowledging that much more needs to be done in achieving the Millennium Development Goals as progress has been uneven among regions and between and within countries, despite the fact that developing countries have made significant efforts; 

Acknowledging the pledges and commitments made by a large number of Member States and partners to the United Nations Secretary-General Global Strategy “Every Woman Every Child” since it was launched in September 2010. 

Welcoming the final report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health and its set of bold recommendations for strengthening accountability for resources and results in women and children’s health; 

Commending the work and contributions of the Commission, including in particular the development of an accountability framework built on three interconnected processes – monitor, review and act;  

Noting that the key recommendations relate to strengthening national accountability processes both with regard to resources as well as monitoring of results; 

Welcoming the steps taken to implement the recommendations of the Commission, including the development of a multistakeholder workplan for the implementation of the accountability framework; 

Welcoming the establishment of a global review mechanism which will report annually to the United Nations Secretary-General;

Reaffirming WHO’s key role in the implementation and follow up of the recommendations of the Commission and acknowledging the crucial role of the Director-General in particular;  

1.      URGES Member States to honour their commitments to the Global Strategy and to further strengthen efforts to improve women’s and children’s health;

2.      ALSO URGES Member States to implement the recommendations provided by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health to improve the accountability of results and resources by: 

(1)   Strengthening the accountability mechanisms for health in their own countries; 

(2)   Strengthening their capacity to monitor and evaluate progress and performance; 

(3)   Contributing to the strengthening and harmonization of existing international mechanisms to track progress on all commitments made; 

3.      REQUESTS the Director General:  

(1)   To work with and support member states in implementing the full scope of the recommendations;  

(2)   To ensure WHO’s effective engagement in collaboration with all stakeholders in the workplan to implement the Commission’s recommendations;

(3)   To provide support to the independent Expert Review Group in its work of assessing progress in the Global Strategy and implementation of the accountability framework;   

(4)   To report annually until 2015 to the World Health Assembly on progress achieved on the follow up of the recommendations of the Commission in connection with the agenda item concerning the Millennium Development Goals.

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