After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns

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In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 3, “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages,” sets ambitious targets of reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and reducing preventable deaths of newborns to 12 (or less) per 1,000 live births by 2030.

A month after the SDGs were adopted, the global maternal and newborn health community met in Mexico City to develop a common agenda for a coordinated response to the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns. The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference (GMNHC) identified integration, quality, and equity as keys to accelerating progress toward these goals. Participants examined technical issues related to these themes within the context of the United Nation’s new development framework.

In anticipation of the next major gathering of advocates for women and children at the Women Deliver conference, the GMNHC co-chairs cordially invite you to the Wilson Center on April 13 in Washington, DC. This follow-up to the conversation begun in Mexico City will engage participants in a review of progress and priorities for the maternal and newborn health community through 2030 and a discussion of how we can sustain the momentum for improved policy and programs that the GMNHC launched.

Speakers and Panelists
  • Koki Agarwal, Director, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Jhpiego; Co-Chair, Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference
  • Jyoti Benawri, State Program Manager, MP, Jhpiego India
  • Mariam Claeson, Director, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ana Langer, Director, Maternal Health Task Force; Co-Chair, Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference
  • Catherine Mwesigwa Kizza, Deputy Editor, New Vision, Uganda
  • Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health and Coordinator for Child and Maternal Survival, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children; Co-Chair, Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference
  • Peter Waiswa, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda (Invited)
  • Moderated by Roger-Mark De Souza, Director, Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center