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PMNCH July's advocacy opportunities for women, children & adolescents

A selection of news, resources and opportunities for action and advocacy around women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health

Global Health 50/50, a leading voice in promoting gender equality in global health, has again named PMNCH as a "very high performer" in its annual report on the policies and practices of global health organizations. The designation, awarded to PMNCH for the fourth straight year, recognizes PMNCH commitment to gender equality and women’s health advocacy, including for those most often left behind. Learn more here

At the Women Deliver 2023 conference that took place from 17-20 July in Kigali, Rwanda, PMNCH and partners advocated for the critical role of young people in shaping conversations on gender equality, health and well-being. PMNCH Board Chair, Helen Clark, shared how PMNCH is setting the tone by engaging young people in leadership positions and by coordinating the 1.8 Billion Young People for Change campaign. Learn more here

At the G20 Ministerial Conference on Women’s Empowerment, PMNCH Board Chair, Helen Clark, emphasized the importance of investing in girls' education, including comprehensive sexuality education, for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. In her speech she highlighted the multiple fold returns on investing in adolescent and youth populations, where 1.8 billion strong young people have great potential to contribute. Access her full speech here.

The One Sustainable Health Forum took place in Lyon, France from July 5-7, 2023, gathering over 1000 high-level environmental, animal and human health stakeholders, fostering collaboration and redefining a global approach to health. PMNCH played a significant role in the Forum as an official partner and emphasized the importance of prioritizing women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health within the framework of a one sustainable health approach. Learn more here.

The wait is over! Registration for the Global Forum for Adolescents on 11-12 October 2023 is now open. Don't miss this chance to engage with adolescents, advocates and global leaders to achieve meaningful change for young people across the globe.

Stay informed about the 1.8 Billion Young People for Change campaign and the upcoming Global Forum for Adolescents in October.

Mark your calendars for the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78), happening from September 12-30, 2023. We invite all PMNCH partners to showcase your events and activities centered around women's, children's, and adolescents' health and well-being. This is your chance to amplify your advocacy efforts during UNGA. Share your plans through this form and stay up-to-date with essential UN events, side events, and advocacy messages through our one-stop-shop. Visit the one-stop-shop here.

PMNCH and partners highlight the 1.8 Billion Young People for Change Campaign and Global Forum for Adolescents in an article published by the Journal of Adolescent Health. Authors highlight that the forum and associated events will serve as a platform for adolescents and young people to demand action from political leaders, urging them to sustain and increase investment by governments and their partners to promote adolescent well-being through strengthened political commitment, policies and programmes.

HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Rt Hon. Helen Clark share their concern that the opportunity presented by the High-Level Meeting and the expected Political Declaration on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response is being squandered. They highlight that the current draft of the political declaration does not express the commitments required of Heads of State and Government to transform the international system of pandemic preparedness and response.

Learn more here.

This year's World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), under its theme, “Let’s make breastfeeding at work, work”, UNICEF and WHO emphasized the need for greater breastfeeding support across all workplaces to sustain and improve progress on breastfeeding rates globally. In the last 10 years, many countries have made significant progress to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates. Yet even greater progress is possible when breastfeeding is protected and supported, particularly in the workplace.

Learn more here.

Climate change is exacerbating the vulnerability of women and girls across the world. Don't miss this exclusive interview with Sophie Arsenault, Vice-chair <30 of the PMNCH Accountability Working Group, emphasizing why it is important to invest in women and adolescents when tackling climate change, and the way forward towards building resilient communities.

Read more here.

In the lead up to the Global Forum for Adolescents (GFA), I will spotlight partners whose work aligns with the five domains of adolescent well-being. This month, I am honored to spotlight UN Women and their Global Adolescent Girl Leadership Town Hall series which highlights the 5 domains of the Adolescent Health and Well-being Framework, with a special focus on Domain 1: Good health and nutrition. Read more here and learn about UN Women's amazing work. Adolescents and Youth Constituency Partners

In honour of this year’s theme for International Youth Day on 12 August, ‘Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World’, I am thrilled to spotlight our PMNCH Adolescents & Youth constituency (AYC) for their remarkable leadership in climate change action. They play a crucial role in driving the 1.8 Billion Young People for Change campaign and Global Forum for Adolescents, which highlights the need for a green transition to ensure the well-being of current and future generations of adolescents. Read more here.

Would you like to nominate a PMNCH member for their outstanding work on WCAH? Please email (subject: Partner Spotlight), and we will follow up for more information.

Check out what's happening in the women's, children's and adolescents' health and well-being space and share your events so we can feature them in the PMNCH Events Hub. Submit your event here Upcoming Events 12 Aug ¦ Global International Youth Day 9-10 Sep ¦ Delhi, India 2023 G20 Delhi summit

The PMNCH job board features maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health opportunities. We invite you to explore the pages and share announcements about job vacancies or vendor opportunities that you would like us to amplify. Visit here. PMNCH Communications Officer ¦ Deadline: 15 August UNICEF Statistics Specialist (Nutrition Database Manager) ¦ Deadline: 17 August

UNFPA Project Coordination Specialist ¦ Deadline: 16 August

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