During the annual general debate of the 72nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in support of UN Women, ICV will convene Heads of State and Government, Senior UN Leadership, CEOs, Family Offices, Foundations, Institutional Investors, Academia and Innovators – to discuss the future of Gender and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) and mobilize capital to find solutions to SDG3 and SDG5.


Over the past 20 years, the world has taken unprecedented steps to improve and save lives. Maternal mortality rates have fallen by almost half. In Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and Southern Asia, maternal mortality has declined by around two-thirds. Hundreds of millions of people have emerged from extreme poverty. Children have greater access to primary school than ever before. More women have been empowered to enter the workforce, gaining a measure of economic independence and improved status in their communities. In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30% of seats in national parliament in at least one chamber. About two thirds of countries in the developing regions have achieved gender parity in primary education. Advances in science and technology have changed the way we communicate with one another and the way we think about what it means to be a human being. We are constantly evolving and innovating. For the world’s wealthiest, real net worth has increased from $1 trillion to almost $7 trillion.

Despite determined global progress and economic prosperity,

  • Every two minutes, a woman dies in childbirth
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, women are 136 times more likely to die than in developed countries
  • More than six million children still die before their fifth birthday each year
  • Nearly half the world’s population lives on less than $2.50/day, with more than 1 billion people living on less than $1.25/day
  • 22,000 children die each day due to poverty
  • More than 800 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat
  • At the end of 2013, there were an estimated 35 million people living with HIV
  • At the end of 2013, 240 000 children were newly infected with HIV
  • HIV is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age worldwide
  • There were 250 000 new HIV infections among adolescents in 2013, two thirds of which were among adolescent girls
  • AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 10–19) in Africa and the second most common cause of death among adolescents globally
  • In many settings, adolescent girls’ right to privacy and bodily autonomy is not respected, as many report that their first sexual experience was forced
  • One out of every three women in the world, in every country and from every background, will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime

A measure of a civilization is how it treats its most vulnerable. We can do more. We can create positive change in our lifetimes. Stakeholders can work together to catalyze responsible business growth and unlock innovative forms of financing at an unprecedented scale.

Healthy mothers help raise healthy children who get better food and more time in school – leading to stronger families, communities and nations. Children of educated mothers—even mothers with only primary schooling—are more likely to survive than children of mothers with no education.

Achieving global gender equality can ultimately solve many of the world’s greatest challenges.

Innovative research is leading to breakthroughs in medicines, therapies, devices, and technologies which will define the future of healthcare. There will be new treatments capable of curing a myriad of illnesses, thus helping people to live longer, with less pain. Through careful investing, countless lives can be profoundly improved.

In the next 20 years, the brightest minds and breakthrough innovators will leverage their collective resources and shared aspirations to create companies that will reshape traditional industries. Over this same period, the world’s wealthiest are expected to transfer more than $30 trillion to their children and grandchildren who will inherit unprecedented wealth.

More than ever, we need business to be purposeful and pro-active in helping to ensure stability and drive social and economic transformation.

More than ever, institutional investors are redefining their strategies to be more impact-oriented and the world’s wealthiest are allocating capital to profits and nonprofits – companies, organizations and managers – focused on social impact and social good.

A strong foundation for impact-oriented strategies makes for a stronger future for the world; and, more than ever, the opportunity exists to attract investment capital by doing well and doing good.

ICV connects family offices and fund investors to evaluate opportunities that create a social impact beyond a financial return. There are few audiences by virtue and wealth that can advance corporate responsibility, capitalize businesses at significant levels, improve the wellbeing of humankind through philanthropy, and influence systemic change in the world.

ICV is bridging the gap between political and financial worlds to drive development through 2030 and beyond.

At ICV Health and Gender Equity, in support of UN Women, we will showcase the leadership role of women in global healthcare and mobilize capital to enable environments for gender equality and achieve positive health outcomes.



Advancing the Global Goals: A New Era of Collaboration

Private sector and public sector stakeholders, and leading leading investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their insights on how to achieve global sustainability.

Goal 3

Good Health and Well-Being. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.


Where is Healthcare in 2030?

A discussion on women’s economic and political empowerment, including access to decent work, and control over economic, and productive resources and active participation in governance and decision-making.

  • Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, is President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University, a regional healthy system of hospitals dedicated to the health sciences and committed to educating professionals, discovering new knowledge, and setting the standard for quality, compassionate and efficient patient care. What began as Jefferson Medical College in 1824, now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College, has grown into one of the nation’s leading healthcare learning institutions. Dr. Klasko has championed transformation of American health care as university president, dean of two medical colleges, and CEO of three academic health centers. He is author of 2016’s We CAN Fix Healthcare in America, and editor in chief of “Healthcare Transformation.” Since 2014, Jefferson Health has grown from a three hospital urban academic medical center with annual revenues of $1.8 billion to a major regional academic medical center. Currently an eight-hospital system, resulting from the merger of Jefferson with Abington Health, Jefferson Health will expand to an 11-hospital system with the proposed partnership mergers with Aria Health and Kennedy Health. Jefferson has the largest tele-health network in the region, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and an outpatient footprint that is among the most technologically advanced in the region. With the completed merger with Philadelphia University — creating a comprehensive university with a forward-thinking education model — Jefferson will have combined annual revenues exceeding $4.8 billion, more than 28,000 employees, 7,800 students, 6,000 physicians/practitioners and 4,000 faculty.


Investing in Innovation

Finding breakthrough innovators who can solve the world’s most intractable development challenges—interventions that could change millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost—is a challenge in itself. Truly innovative people are rare. Investors share their approach to identifying talent, measuring impact, and reaching scale.

Maternal Health in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals

Maternal mortality is one of the most pronounced health inequities between high income and resource constrained countries. For example, a woman in sub-Saharan Africa is 45 times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than her counterpart in the developed world. Hear how the Sustainable Development Goals aim to reduce maternal mortality by more than 50% and new technologies and practices that will help to reach this target.


Goal 5

Gender Equality. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

An Equal Share of Women in the Global Labour Market: Increasing Global GDP by $28 Trillion

At ICV Manhattan 2017, we will stress the importance of recognizing women worldwide as thought leaders, an integral facet of the workforce, and encourage gender equality in opportunities. If women were properly assimilated into the workforce, and if they are given the access to education and equal human rights, communities at large and the world economy would be transformed. In fact, a 2016 McKinsey Global Institute report on gender parity revealed that an equal share of women in the global labour market could increase global GDP by as much as USD 28 trillion annually by 2025.

Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality asks governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. Step It Up comes at a critical moment in time. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a comprehensive roadmap for the future of people and planet. Empowering women and girls is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Passing new laws or strengthening existing ones is one way to Step It Up. Other actions might include creating programmes to eradicate violence against women and girls, encouraging women’s participation in decision-making, investing in national action plans or policies for gender equality, creating public education campaigns to promote gender equality, and many more. Everyone has a role to play to make gender equality a lived reality by 2030.

Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women:  “The Future We Want”

A discussion on women’s economic and political empowerment, including access to decent work, and control over economic, and productive resources and active participation in governance and decision-making.

  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt President of Swanee Hunt Alternatives, which operates with a multi-million dollar annual budget to provoke social change at local, national, and global levels. Swanee Hunt Alternatives operates out of Cambridge, Massachusetts and is focused on strengthening youth arts organizations, supporting leaders of social movements, bolstering women’s leadership in conflict regions, combating the demand for purchased sex, and increasing philanthropy. Hunt also chairs the Washington-based Inclusive Security (including the Women Waging Peace Network), which advocates for the full participation of all stakeholders, particularly women, in peace processes. She has conducted research, training, and consultations for women leaders in some 60 countries. Swanee’s mission is to achieve gender parity, especially as a means to end war and rebuild societies, as well as to alleviate poverty and other human suffering. At Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy. In 1997, she founded the Women and Public Policy Program, a research center concerned with domestic and foreign policy, which she directed for more than a decade. She teaches “Inclusive Security,” exploring how women are systematically excluded from peace processes, the impact, and the policy steps needed to rectify the problem. At the Kennedy School, she is also core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership and senior advisor to The Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking in the Carr Center for Human Rights. Hunt has taught “The Choreography of Social Movements” at Harvard College and “Peacebuilding from the Ground Up” at Harvard Law School, and lectured across the university campus including at the College, the School of Education, Divinity School, and Business School.



“Women of Hope,” a Performance by Morley Kamen

From Carnegie Hall to the Nomad Women’s Festival in the Sahara Desert, Morley has brought her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world’s stage. Be it solo with her acoustic guitar or with full band, her message is consistent and clear; love, justice and inspiration.

Awarded as Songwriter of the Year from ASCAP and heralded as Emerging Artist of the Year by the New York Times, Morley has penned songs for TED Women, Acumen, V-Day, Think Global School and GOAL – South Africa. Morley was the voice for Ralph Lauren’s fragrance commercial “Romance”. Her music has been placed on several major network television shows as well as human rights documentaries.

Morley uses music as a tool for conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation when working with youth from international conflict zones. TEDWomen calls her song her song, “Women of Hope” their “anthem”, her original compositions have brought her before many world leaders and policy makers such as His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Ban Ki-moon. Morley has travelled to Richard Branson’s Necker Island to perform for Oxford scientists as well as Mpumalanga South Africa to perform for the B-TEAM (Richard Branson, Muhammad Yunus, Arianna Huffington…) She has written, collaborated, and shared the stage with such distinguished artists as Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Angélique Kidjo, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Richard Bona, Lokua Kanza, Queen Latifah & Wynton Marsalis to name a few.

Morley has released five full length recordings under the auspices of Sony, Universal, Polydor, Sunny Side Records & independently.

“Women of Hope


Resource Library: RMNCAH


Investment Case


UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas:

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.


United Nations Headquarters
Delegates Dining Room
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

ONE UN New York
1 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017



13:30  ICV International Day of Peace
14:00 14:30 A Message of Peace & Security
14:30 14:50 Lead by Example
14:50 15:10 The Chaeli Campaign
15:10 15:30 The Children's Village
15:30 15:50 Tuesday's Children
15:50 16:10 Well-Being Inspires Well-Doing
16:10 16:30 AIM2Flourish
16:30 16:50 New Era Model
16:50 17:10 The International Need for Education
17:10 18:00 Closing Remarks and Reception
18:30  VIP Dinner
13:30  Global Citizen: Movement Makers
14:00 14:30 A Message of Peace & Security
10:00 10:30 The Science of Movement Building: Opening Session
10:30 11:00 A Digital Revolution: Tech's Role in Building Movements 
11:00 11:30 CSR is Dead: What's Next?
11:30 12:00 Movements that Scare Us & What We Can Learn From Them
12:00 13:30 Networking Luncheon
13:30 14:00 How to Use Culture to Build a Movement
14:00 14:30 How to Build a Movement in a Night
14:30 15:00 How to Build a Movement that Outlives You
15:00 18:00 Workshops for Business Leaders and Investors
15:30  ICV Partnerships to End Poverty
14:30 15:30 Stakeholder Proposals for SDGs and Targets
15:30 17:30 Workshops for Innovators and Investors
18:30  VIP Dinner
12:30  VIP Lunch: United Nations Peace and Security Agenda
14:15  ICV Health and Gender Equity
14:30 14:50 UN Women: Gender and RMNCAH, A Framework for Action
14:50 15:10 Advancing the Global Goals: A New Era of Collaboration
15:10 15:40 Where is Healthcare in 2030?
15:40 16:10 Investing in Innovation
16:10 16:30 Maternal Health in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals
16:30 16:50  An Equal Share of Women in the Global Labour Market
16:50 17:10 Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women: "The Future We Want"
17:10 17:30 “Women of Hope,” a Performance by Morley Kamen
17:30 18:00  Closing Remarks and Networking Reception
18:30  VIP Dinner


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ICV Manhattan 2017: Investing in the Global Goals, September 17, 19 & 20
ICV Manhattan 2017: International Day of Peace, September 17
ICV Manhattan 2017: Partnerships to End Poverty, September 19