Our vision is to provide an independent and transparent review of progress on the implementation of the Strategy and to identify and advocate the necessary actions to accelerate achievement of its goals from the accountability perspective, using as a starting point, the Strategy’s Indicator and Monitoring Framework.
We are committed to an expanded independent accountability mandate, rooted in a human rights framework. We affirm that:
- We will be guided by the Strategy’s vision that mandates transformation of health systems and universal coverage.
- We will report on the story that statistics and biological indicators reveal, while taking into account the limitations and gaps in monitoring the health of women, adolescents and children and the distortions that indicator choices can cause.
- We will analyse the symptoms and root causes of inequality by pushing for greater disaggregation of data by age, gender, income and other key dimensions.
- We will review case studies of how people and institutions have created strong linkages between monitoring, review and remedial action, and between local, national, regional and global accountability mechanisms.
- We will highlight the new area of adolescent health, together with the multi-sector determinants of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, in the context of humanitarian emergencies and the expanded scope of the Strategy.
- We will examine what different stakeholders are accountable for and to whom, and the mechanisms through which they are held accountable including local and national legislative processes, UN bodies, treaty bodies, courts and human rights institutions.
- In our work, we will pay full attention to the three pillars of the Strategy – Survive, Thrive and Transform. The latter, dependent on addressing the key social determinants and developing enabling environments, is critical to sustainable improvements in the health of women, children and adolescents.
The UN Secretary General noted in 2015 the historic progress in reducing maternal and child deaths between 2010 and 2015. However, the 2010 Strategy promised to save 16 million lives by 2015, while 2.4 million deaths were actually averted. We are deeply committed to play our part in uncovering the root causes and to find solutions, so that we can meet the ambitious targets set by the new Strategy. We are committed to support strengthening national and sub-national accountability mechanisms and will rely upon their work to develop our insights and recommendations. We have produced our first inaugural report and delivered to the UN Secretary-General in September, 2016 UN General Assembly. The 2017 Report will be delivered in September 2017. In subsequent years, the annual report is expected to coincide with annual reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals and associated review processes, such as the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
We call for all stakeholders to provide advice and inputs to our process and to help us vigorously communicate our findings and to advocate for remedial action to ensure healthy living for every woman, adolescent and child, everywhere.