The UN Secretary-General has appointed the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) to provide an independent and transparent review of progress and challenges on the implementation of the 2016-30 Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health to help strengthen the response from the international health community and countries.

Objective. The overarching objective of the IAP is to provide an independent and transparent review of progress on the implementation of the 2016-30 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health (the Strategy) and to identify and advocate the necessary actions to ensure achievement of the Strategy’s goals. The IAP is a key institution in the Strategy’s Unified Accountability Framework (UAF).

IAP reports. The IAP will prepare and disseminate annual synthesis reports on the State of Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health for the UNSG that will replace the multiple reporting which has been the norm previously. The Reports will review monitoring efforts for the Global Strategy and provide all stakeholders in the global community with evidence, recommendations and guidance on the progress, challenges and constraints involved in achieving the Strategy’s objectives for the health of women, children and adolescents. Each report will have a theme, determined by the IAP after consultation with stakeholders, linked to the findings of the previous year’s report.

The IAP is a key part of the Strategy’s Unified Accountability Framework (UAF), which aims to minimize the reporting burden on countries, facilitate effective follow up action under the auspices of the Global Strategy and Every Woman Every Child movement and support cost-effective solutions, while ensuring alignment and coordination with other related mechanisms including the Sustainable Development Goals.

Accountability. The IAP will strive to get its messages out to the widest possible audience, for review and action from diverse stakeholders. Member States and other stakeholders will be encouraged to discuss the report at global and regional fora such as the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the World Health Assembly, annual meetings of the international financial institutions, human rights treaty bodies, the IPU, AU and PPD and other high level political assemblies and events, and to take appropriate actions.