Women Deliver CEO Joins the Secretary General & Other Global Leaders to Improve the Future of Health

By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

This week, Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iversen, and a select group of influencers – including government ministers, UN representatives and civil society leaders – are attending the Greentree Retreat to discuss one of the most pressing development issues of our time: the future of women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health. 

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the two-day event to call on global, regional and country leaders to champion these critical health issues in the lead up to the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The retreat also provides leaders an opportunity to discuss the political mobilization needed to galvanize strong country ownership and innovative commitments to the updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health, which will be launched during the summit in September 2015.

“The new strategy has to touch the lives of woman, children and adolescents everywhere. It has to be bold and not shy away from some of the most urgent issues, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights, access to comprehensive sexual education, strategies to end sexual violence and discrimination, and adolescents’ access to health services and lifesaving information,” said Iversen. “Young people’s health and reproductive needs, opportunities and choices will define both the present and the future, and their needs must not be overlooked.”

The new Global Strategy builds on the action sparked by Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), which has been the fastest growing public health partnership in history, with $34 billion in commitments dispersed to strengthen women and children’s health since 2010. Unprecedented progress has been made in improving the lives of women and children around the world over the last five years and EWEC has been credited with helping to save the lives of 2.4 million women and children in 49 countries.

“Girls and women make up more than half of the world’s population. Investing in their health, rights and wellbeing is not only the right thing to do, it’s the sound thing to do – from both a gender equity and an economic perspective,” Iversen stated.

Research has shown that women are drivers of development, which means the health and rights of girls and women must be at the center of the new Global Strategy as well as the broader post-2015 development agenda. Women Deliver is honored to be part of the Secretary General’s retreat and aims to continue the strategic discussions at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on 16-19 May.  Women Deliver 2016 will be one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an opportunity to identify and present solutions on how the world can implement the SDGs in ways that work for girls and women.

To coincide with the retreat EWEC, is launching a new social media campaign, “Every Woman Every Child is ME”, in order to build public awareness and momentum around the need to invest in girls and women. You can follow along and join the conversation on Twitter using #EWECisMe.

For more information about the Greentree Retreat, click here.

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