The Unified Accountability Framework: Supporting country-led efforts with the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

In September of 2015, UN Secretary-General and world leaders launched the updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030 (Global Strategy) alongside the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Based on scientific evidence and country experience, the SDGs and Global Strategy recognize the interconnectedness between health, the economy and the environment. Healthy people are key to achieving all of the SDGs and all SDGs contribute to better health and wellbeing.

Women, children and adolescents are at the heart of the comprehensive change the SDGs envisage. For this reason, the UN Secretary-General characterized the Global Strategy as a front-runner platform for the implementation of the SDGs. The ‘Survive, Thrive and Transform’ agenda envisioned in the Global Strategy prioritizes a people-centered movement to end preventable deaths, improve health and wellbeing, and drive the universal agenda for sustainable development to 2030.

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