Produced by Women Deliver March 15, 2016 Originally Posted on Every Woman Every Child

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Presented with Delivering for Girls and Women Award

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March, 15, 2016, New York City—On the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women's annual meeting and during an Every Woman Every Child event at U.N. headquarters, Women Deliver presented the first-ever ‘Delivering for Girls and Women’ award to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Women Deliver is a leading global advocacy organization for the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.  The Women Deliver award was created to recognize true visionaries for game-changing efforts that move the needle forward for girls and women, and to initiatives, like Every Woman Every Child, that will lead to significant progress in the future.

"While I am honored to receive this award, the true champions are fighting on the frontlines for health rights everyday,” remarked the Secretary-General. “This recognition is a testament to their dedication and to the hundreds of Every Woman Every Child partners who are united around a common vision to ensure the survival, health, and well-being of women, children, and adolescents in every setting.”

- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“The UN Secretary-General has helped propel gender equality and girls’ and women’s health, rights and wellbeing to the forefront of the global agenda and into the SDGs,” said Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver. “His commitment to the new global health strategy and to the health and rights of every women, every child and every adolescent everywhere has been outstanding".

The UN Secretary-General is been a champion for the health, rights, and wellbeing of millions of people around the world. He created Every Woman Every Child in 2010 to galvanize attention and support at the highest levels to end preventable deaths for women and children.  Now for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) underpins the movement and provides a roadmap for ending preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents and helps them achieve their potential for health and well-being in all settings. Its three objectives—Survive (end preventable deaths), Thrive (ensure health and well-being) and Transform (expand enabling environments)—are fully aligned with the SDGs. By working together, Every Woman Every Child partners have already saved the lives of millions of women and children and, by advancing the Global Strategy, will continue to support them to achieve their full potential.

Over 40 countries and over 120 multi-stakeholder partners have already made commitments to the Global Strategy, totaling over $25 billion. At the event the UN Secretary-General called all stakeholders to make a new commitment to Every Woman Every Child or renew an existing one, to be announced at three opportunities this May: at the Fourth Global Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen; at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul; and at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

To find out more about the Global Strategy, Every Woman Every Child, and how you can make a commitment, please visit www.everywomaneverychild.org and for advocacy resources visit www.EWECHUB.org 

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