UN: UN chief receives "Delivering for Girls and Women" Award

New York, US (PANA) - On the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women's
annual meeting and during an Every Woman Every Child event at UN headquarters,
global gender equality advocates Women Deliver presented the first-ever
‘Delivering for Girls and Women’ award to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in
recognition of his work and achievements to improve the lives of women and girls

PANA in New York reports that Women Deliver is a leading global advocacy
organization for the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women.

The Women Deliver award was created to recognize true visionaries for
game-changing efforts that move the needle forward for girls and women,
and to initiatives, like Every Woman Every Child, that will lead to significant
progress in the future.
Receiving the award, Ban said: "While I am honoured to receive this award,
the true champions are fighting on the frontlines for health rights everyday.

"This recognition is a testament to their dedication and to the hundreds
of Every Woman Every Child partners who are united around a common
vision to ensure the survival, health, and well-being of women, children,
and adolescents in every setting,"  

He also noted that he has been a champion for the health, rights, and
well-being of millions of people around the world. "I created Every Woman
Every Child in 2010 to galvanize attention and support at the highest levels
to end preventable deaths for women and children."

Ms. Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver, stated: "The UN Secretary-General
has helped propel gender equality and girls’ and women’s health, rights
and well-being to the forefront of the global agenda and into the SDGs.

"Mr. Ban commitment to the new global health strategy and to the health and
rights of every woman, every child and every adolescent everywhere has
been outstanding."

The UN said that, with the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs), an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and
Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) for Every Woman Every Child underpins
the movement and provides a roadmap for ending preventable deaths of
women, children and adolescents.

Its three objectives are survive (end preventable deaths), thrive (ensure
health and well-being) and transform (expand enabling environments)—are
fully aligned with the SDGs.

It also noted that, by working together, Every Woman Every Child partners
have already saved the lives of millions of women and children and, by
advancing the Global Strategy, will continue to support them to
achieve their full potential.  
Over 40 countries and over 120 multi-stakeholder partners have already
made commitments to the Global Strategy, totalling over US$25 billion.

At the event the UN chief also called all stakeholders to make a new
commitment to Every Woman Every Child or renew an existing one, to be
announced at three key moments in May.

They are the Fourth Global Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, the
World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, and at the World Health Assembly
in Geneva.
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