Clean Energy is Life
Every Woman Every Child
Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world.
The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children.
Every Woman Every Child provides a new opportunity to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people. The health of women and children is critically important to almost every area of human development and progress.
Ahead of the UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September, Every Woman Every Child partners are fostering strong commitment and support for an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in tandem with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals.
Research has conclusively demonstrated that the health of women and children is the cornerstone of public health. Healthy women and children create healthy societies. Healthy societies, in turn, are the foundation upon which nations build successful economies and create prosperity for their people. And prosperity, as we know, is essential to political stability and social harmony.
Sustainable energy for all empowers women, children and adolescents through better health services, more opportunities and security. With energy, children can study late, have an education and thrive. Clinics can store life-saving medicines and operate safely, longer hours, resulting in healthier women and babies. With energy, health workers can go the extra mile to save a life.
Still, one in five people around the world lack access to electricity. Lack of electricity impacts the health of women and children. It is a major barrier to eradicate poverty and build prosperity. Also, climate change, as a result of non-sustainable energy consumption, puts us all at risk, but it hurts the vulnerable first – and worst, especially women, children and girls in humanitarian settings and crises.
Progress is fragile and the work under health MDGs is unfinished. We need to accelerated action to sustain gains. To accomplish ambitious goals, we must work more effectively across sectors and through partnerships. Investing in women, children and youth today means thriving societies tomorrow. Energy for all is part of the equation.