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FCI active advocate at Commission on Population and Development

The UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) held its annual 2011 meeting in New York in mid-April, and FCI was one of a small number of NGOs invited to present an oral statement to the Commission. Global advocacy director Debra Jones, saying that maternal death is "a tragic and infuriating reminder of the vast gender inequities that persist in so many countries and societies; and of the terrible gaps between rich and poor countries, and between rich and poor communities within countries," called on the CPD and member governments to finally keep their often-repeated promises to invest in women's health and provide reproductive and maternal health and family planning services to all women.

FCI was on the scene throughout the CPD's long week of intense negotiations that lasted late into the night, advocating for a strong final resolution that reinforced and strengthened long-standing commitments to reproductive health and rights. You can read our blog posts here and here.

Ann Starrs blogs on Global Strategy accountability

When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health last September, a range of stakeholders made commitments totaling $40 billion for improved maternal and child health. Accountability will be the key to ensuring that these commitments translate into clear, quantifiable progress toward achievement of MDG targets by 2015. Last month, the UN announced the establishment of a high-level Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, and FCI president Ann Starrs was named to its "working group on results." Read Ann's latest blog on NGO engagement in the accountability commission's work (see Ann's earlier blog post here). Learn more...

FCI submits statement for CPD meeting

The UN Commission on Population and Development holds its 44th session in New York on April 11 to 15, 2011. This year's session, chaired by the ambassador from Malawi, is on the theme Fertility, reproductive health and development. As an NGO registered in consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council, FCI submitted a statement for consderation by the CPD. "In order to meet the goals of the ICPD Programme of Action and achieve the MDGs," FCI wrote, "governments must protect and promote the human rights of women and girls, including their sexual and reproductive rights; empower women to control their fertility; ensure universal access to reproductive health; and continue efforts to improve maternal health and prevent the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of women each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth." Read the full statement...

FCI advocates for MNCH with Global Fund

The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at its December 2010 board meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, announced decisions aimed at better integrating maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) interventions with programming for its three focus diseases. The decision followed an intensive advocacy effort coordinated by FCI with a range of partners. Learn more...

At UN summit, FCI commits to Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health

FCI formally committed its support to the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, launched at a historic summit during the 2010 General Assembly meeting. FCI was integrally involved in development of the Global Strategy, played a critical role in coordinating NGO and civil society participation and support and commitment, and worked to ensure that maternal and reproductive health goals were given high priority in the text. Learn more...



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FCI fights for political will and financial investment to fulfill every woman's right to maternal and reproductive health. Read more about FCI's advocacy programs on these pages:

Making the case on a global stage
FCI speaks out at the United Nations and at global summits to ensure that maternal and reproductive health are high on the global agenda. Learn about the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, the Consensus for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, FCI's work to expand the mandate of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, and other global advocacy campaigns... Read more...

Advocating for US commitment
More progressive U.S. leadership on maternal and reproductive health can have an immense impact on women's health in developing countries. Learn about FCI's work to ensure that the Global Health Initiative (GHI) is fully funded and effectively implemented. Read more...

Empowering local advocacy partners
When grassroots groups, indigenous women, and community leaders demand better health care, governments and health systems pay attention. Learn about FCI's work to help local advocates ensure that their governments fulfill commitments to improve maternal and reproductive health... Read more...

Building evidence to make the case
Policies only change when policy makers believe that the scale of the problem is clearly understood, cost estimates are accurate, new policies will be efficacious, and recommended health interventions have been proven to work. Learn about FCI's work to build the evidence base on maternal and reproductive health... Read more...

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