H4+ UNGA High-level Breakfast Meeting—Meeting Overview, 24 September 2012

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The H4+ UNGA High–level Breakfast Meeting

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

08:00 – 10:30 EST

Labouisse Hall, UNICEF Headquarters, New York

The UN H4+ agencies (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women and the World Bank) are lead technical partners for implementation of the Secretary- General’s Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health, and relatedly, the health MDGs. The H4+ is therefore uniquely positioned to discuss country-level progress on MDGs 4, 5, and 6.
This advocacy event was positioned around the margins of the opening session of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly which provided a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from diverse communities to advocate at the highest levels for the health of women and children globally.

The main objectives of the breakfast meeting were to:

  1. Highlight progress and challenges made by countries to meet their commitments to the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health.
  2. Highlight selected UN H4+ partnerships that have enhanced country actions.
  3. Advocate for accelerated action in the critical three remaining years before the 2015 MDG deadline.
  4. Outline key priorities for the H4+ and other stakeholders from the Every Woman, Every Child community towards 2015 and outline directions for the future.

Mr. Anthony Lake, the Executive Director, of UNICEF opened the event with welcoming remarks. The event consisted three sessions each with a different thematic area. The first session was titled “Achieving results at the country level” and included the following speakers: Dr. Margaret Chan the Director General of the WHO, H.E. Dr. Christine Kaseba Sata, the First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, and Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin the Executive Director of UNFPA. The second session was titled “Global partnerships to accelerate country level action” and consisted of speeches from Honorable Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, and Ms. Sharon D’Agostino, Vice-President, Johnson and Johnson. Both sessions were moderated by Dr Flavia Bustreo Assistant- Director-General of the WHO. The final session moderated by Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, was titled “Accelerating momentum and setting directions for the future.” This session consisted of speeches from Dr. Michelle Bachelet the Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Vice President for Human Development of the World Bank, and the Honorable Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden. The event was closed with remarks from Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Participants at the event included a wide variety of stakeholders, including development partners, country representatives (notably the First Ladies of Zimbabwe, and South Africa), civil society, faith-based organizations, academia MDG advocates, philanthropists and UN agencies.

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