Wilson Center Event | After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns

Originally posted on the Maternal Health Task Force Blog

MHTF is excited to announce the upcoming policy dialogue, After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns, on Wednesday, April 13 in Washington, DC. This dialogue is part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health Series, in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center.

After exploring the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City last October, the maternal health community developed ten critical action steps for addressing the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns. As leaders, experts, and advocates in maternal health are set to gather again this May at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, now is the time to review priorities, evaluate progress, and reignite efforts to improve policies and programs in maternal health.

Interested in attending? See the invitation from the Wilson Center below to learn more details and register for the event.

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 9:00 am – 11:00 am EDT. Breakfast at 8:30 am.

Where: The Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 3, “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages,” sets ambitious targets of reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and reducing preventable deaths of newborns to 12 (or less) per 1,000 live births by 2030.

A month after the SDGs were adopted, the global maternal and newborn health community met in Mexico City to develop a common agenda for a coordinated response to the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns. The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference (GMNHC) identified integration, quality, and equity as keys to accelerating progress toward these goals. Participants examined technical issues related to these themes within the context of the United Nation’s new development framework.

In anticipation of the next major gathering of advocates for women and children at the Women Deliver conference, the GMNHC co-chairs cordially invite you to the Wilson Center on April 13 in Washington, DC. This follow-up to the conversation begun in Mexico City will engage participants in a review of progress and priorities for the maternal and newborn health community through 2030 and a discussion of how we can sustain the momentum for improved policy and programs that the GMNHC launched.

Speakers and Panelists

Koki Agarwal, Director, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Jhpiego; Co-Chair, Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference

Jyoti Benawri, State Program Manager, MP, Jhpiego India

Mariam Claeson, Director, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ana Langer, Director, Maternal Health Task Force; Co-Chair, Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference

Catherine Mwesigwa Kizza, Deputy Editor, New Vision, Uganda

Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health and Coordinator for Child and Maternal Survival, U.S. Agency for International Development

Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children; Co-Chair, Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference

Peter Waiswa, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda (Invited)


Roger-Mark De Souza, Director, Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center

Event Details

Register for the event here.

Want to attend but can’t?
Tune in to the live or archived webcast at WilsonCenter.org (archived webcasts go up after the meeting).

Media guests, including TV crews, should RSVP directly with Francesca Cameron. Media bringing heavy electronics MUST indicate this in their response so they may be admitted into the building.

Join the conversation on Twitter at @NewSecurityBeat@MHTF, and @FistulaCareand by following #MHdialogue. To find more coverage of these issues on the Wilson Center’s blog, NewSecurityBeat.org.