Lauded for his advocacy, Ban urges renewed pledges to improving lives of women and girls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at High-level Event, “The Roadmap to Realizing Rights: Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.” UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

15 March 2016 – Committed to improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to join the Every Woman Every Child movement for “greater health, equality and prosperity” around the world.

Speaking at a side event of the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the Secretary-General urged everyone to either make a new commitment to the movement or renew an existing one.

“I hope we have great promises of support – and even stronger action to keep those promises,” Mr. Ban said at 'The Roadmap to Realizing Rights: Every Woman Every Child's Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health.' The event was co-organized by his Every Woman Every Child office and UN Women.

More than 40 countries and 120 stakeholders have committed to more than $25 billion over the next five years to carry out the Every Woman Every Child Strategy.

The Strategy, which Mr. Ban launched in 2010 and updated in 2015, aims to end preventable deaths among all women, children and adolescents; to greatly improve their health and well-being; and to bring about the transformative change needed to shape a more prosperous and sustainable future.

At the event, global gender equality advocates Women Deliver presented the first-ever 'Delivering for Girls and Women' award to Mr. Ban in recognition of his work and achievements to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Accepting the Award, Mr. Ban said the true champions are “fighting on the frontlines for health rights everyday”.

Also speaking at today's event, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said that women are crucial to a resilient health system: “Women's health is a women's right. Without it, health hangs in the balance.”

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also spoke about the health of women and girls expanding to political, social and economic spheres.

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