UN Foundation Commits $400 million to the Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

Underscores Global Health As A Core Priority For The UN Foundation; Resources Will Improve The Lives Of Millions And Help The World Achieve Major Development Goals

Washington, D.C.

September 20, 2010


Alexis Krieg

As part of a growing global consensus that improving women’s and children’s health is the best way to help achieve all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN Foundation is committing $400 million, together with its partners, to make motherhood safer, educate and empower more adolescent girls, and protect children from preventable diseases.  The commitment, made today at the start of the United Nations Summit in New York, will support the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health, which will be unveiled in New York on September 22, 2010.

“Investing in women’s and children’s health is one of the best ways to advance all of the Millennium Development Goals and has always been a priority for the Foundation,” said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation.  “It is unacceptable that more than 350,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy.  The world can stop this from happening.  We all have the tools and the resources to make a difference and we must accelerate our collective efforts.”

This commitment will be delivered as part of the UN Foundation’s work with UN agencies and partners already underway to address global health priorities and those that will be launched over the next five years.  The Foundation is bringing together partners and resources to help the UN address key global health priorities, including childhood immunizations, malaria prevention, improved health for adolescent girls, access to reproductive health supplies and services, clean cooking solutions, and up-to-date mobile technologies for improved health care.  This includes:

  • Creating and strengthening partnerships around immunizations, building on a 12-year investment in measles and polio, to accelerate new resources to fight vaccine preventable diseases.
  • Raising awareness and funds to invest in UN programs that support clean water, life-saving health services, safe space, and other basic needs of girls in developing countries.
  • Contributing to the global elimination of malaria deaths by 2015 through catalytic partnerships and resource mobilization to provide long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets and other malaria prevention tools to women and children across Africa.
  • Stimulating renewed leadership and investment in reproductive health by unlocking new bilateral and multilateral resources to address the global unmet need for family planning by 2015.
  • Launching a Maternal and Newborn mHealth Initiative, together with the Innovation Working Group of the Global Strategy; the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; and a host of others, to develop, deploy, and bring to scale a set of mobile-based, new information and communication technology (ICT) tools to address MDG 5.
  • Reducing exposure to harmful cookstove smoke for millions of women and children through the creation of a broad alliance of public and private partners that will invest in research, standards, advocacy, and market-based solutions to mitigate nearly two million deaths annually from the use of traditional open fires and polluting and inefficient cookstoves.
  • Launching a web-based global information and experience sharing system for mHealth and eHealth in partnership with the Health Metrics Network, WHO, PEPFAR, the Rockefeller Foundation and many others.

Set in 2000 by the United Nations, the eight MDGs are the international standard for improving the lives of people around the world.  The MDGs tackle the biggest problems facing the world today – these include global poverty, women’s and children’s health, hunger, and education.  This week, the United Nations will host the 2010 MDG Review Summit to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the MDGs.  From September 20-22, 2010, President Barack Obama, and other world leaders, will deliver their plan to advance progress to achieving the MDGs at this summit.

To learn more about the Millennium Development Goals, visit www.unfoundation.org/mdgs.


About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities.  We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.  Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.  The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes.  These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.