NGOs were the majority of the participants at the Forum, and were very much engaged in the Forum itself as well as the pre-Forum events and meetings. On Nov. 12 there was an NGO constituency group meeting where 80-90 participants discussed the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, launched in September at the MDG Summit. Participants reviewed the commitments organizations have made to the Global Strategy and discussed how to move those commitments forward and generate new ones. Key outcomes included recommendations on how the NGO Constituency might help to implement and/or monitor the fulfillment of Global Strategy commitments.
An NGO Statement was developed over the course of the Forum and presented during the final session, highlighting commitments related to advocacy, education, accountability and implementation. NGOs commended Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s on-going leadership via the Global Strategy and called for the meaningful engagement of civil society representatives in all mechanisms and structures established for the achievement of the Strategy’s aims, including an accountability framework. Moving forward, the NGO community will develop platforms and mechanisms that will enable NGOs to work – individually, collectively, and with partners – to contribute to the implementation and monitoring of the Global Strategy.
Two of the current NGO reps (BRAC and Family Care International) will be rotating off the PMNCH Board at the end of 2011. Elections will be held shortly, so keep an eye out – we will be asking for nominations for new representatives, according to criteria approved by the Board.
Ann M. Starrs
Family Care International
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