Today at the United Nations General Assembly, 12 multilateral agencies launched a joint plan to better support countries over the next 10 years to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Developed over 18 months, Stronger Collaboration, Better Health: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All outlines how a dozen multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies will collaborate to be more efficient and provide more streamlined support to countries to deliver universal health coverage and achieve the health-related SDG targets.
Healthy people are essential for sustainable development and for ending poverty, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies as well as protecting the environment. Over the last few decades, significant gains have been made in key areas of health, but the 2030 targets will not be met without redoubled efforts.
“By 2030 we want to see more women and girls with informed decision-making and control over their bodies, their health and their futures, and with access to reproductive and maternal health services," said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. "They should be living securely and prospering, free from any form of violence and benefiting from non-discriminatory legislation. The Global Action Plan can serve as a road map for collective gender-transformative action to make this a lasting reality.”