The UN Secretary-General has appointed the Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent (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.

IAP reports. In line with the mandate from the UN Secretary-General, every year the IAP issues a report that provides an independent snapshot of progress on delivering promises to the world’s women, children and adolescents for their health and well-being. Recommendations are included on ways to help fast-track action to achieve the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016–2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals – from the specific lens of accountability, of who is responsible for delivering on promises, to whom, and how. Each report will have a theme 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 Inter-Parliamentary Union, and other high level political assemblies and events, and to take appropriate actions.