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New global action to support women, children's health

New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a global action to improve the health of women and children will be enhanced through a new programme to share ideas and successes among developing countries.

Ban had, on Monday night in New York, with members of Partners in Population and Development (PPD), attended a high-level dinner to highlight the critical role of South-South collaboration as a means to advance women’s and children’s health and the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

A UN statement issued here on Tuesday quoted Ban as saying 'South-South collaboration is more than just economic cooperation, it is about exchanging knowledge, experience and expertise. It is the foundation of a global and inclusive partnership for action.'

He said the new commitment to the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child movement will ensure that its programmes and activities promote the inclusion of women and children as the beneficiary of all of its policy and programme efforts.

The UN chief said that the Partners in Population and Development aims to achieve this through knowledge sharing, capacity building, commodity and technology transfers, advocacy and policy dialogues, partnership and resource mobilisation, diplomacy and monitoring.

'Every Woman Every Child' is a global movement spearheaded by the UN Secretary-General to mobilise and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children around the world.

Partners in Population and Development’s commitment will help strengthen and harmonise joint action from their 26 members on essential interventions for women and children.

Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chair of PPD and India's Minister of Health and Family Welfare, said: 'PPD commits to mobilising political support and advocating for allocation of required resources in the  UN member states.

'PPD as an organisation will align its strategic directions to ensure that improving maternal and child health is an integral part of its programme agenda.'

The PPD is an inter-governmental alliance comprising of 26 developing countries. It provides the mechanism to promote partnership and cooperation between the member countries, towards achieving the goals of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Programme of Action (PoA) and also the MDGs.

It holds a status of Permanent Observer status at the UN Nations General Assembly.

The current member countries of the Alliance are Bangladesh, Benin, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Others are Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

The PPD member countries cover more than 57 per cent of the global population.

Pana 26/02/2014