During the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, ICV will convene Philanthropists, Institutional Investors, Innovators and Government Officials to discuss the future of Gender Equality and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. We are mobilizing trillions of dollars to find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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.
  • In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30% of seats in national parliament in at least one chamber.
  • For the world’s wealthiest, real net worth has increased from $1 trillion to almost $7 trillion.
  • And, over the next twenty years, the world’s wealthiest are expected to transfer more than $30 trillion to their children and grandchildren.

Despite determined global progress,

  • 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.
  • At the end of 2013, there were an estimated 35 million people living with HIV, and 240,000 children were newly infected.
  • HIV is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age worldwide.
  • AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents (ages 10–19) in Africa and the second most common cause of death among adolescents globally.
  • 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.

This cannot be the world we share.

A measure of a civilization is how it treats its most vulnerable. We can do more. We can create positive change in our lifetimes.

With the involvement of multiple stakeholders, we can work together to catalyze responsible business growth and unlock innovative forms of financing at an unprecedented scale.

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.

There has never been a greater time in history when capital is being allocated to companies and investors focused on social impact. Therefore, the opportunity to do well by doing good is unprecedented.

Join us to mobilize capital to find solutions to achieving sustainable systems focused on maternal, newborn and child health.

Join us to bridge the gap between political and financial worlds to drive development through 2030 and beyond.

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.


Innovation Roundtable

Innovators that come from a range of organizations – including non-profits, faith-based organizations, universities, and private enterprises – and from all over the world – such as Australia, Kenya, Pakistan, Canada, Nigeria, and the United States share their ideas to answer the call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities. Each of the innovations has the potential to dramatically reduce maternal and neonatal deaths at the community level and together, as a collective whole, this community of innovators will catalyze substantial and sustainable progress to address this Grand Challenge for Development.


Investing in Children Globally

Investing financial resources to help children survive and develop to their full potential is, first and foremost, a moral imperative. But investing in children is also important on practical grounds. It yields positive benefits to economies and societies. Since the foundation of an individual’s health and well-being is laid in early childhood, the most opportune time to break the cycle of poverty, or prevent it from beginning, is during that time. Programs that invest in early childhood development could generate considerable cost savings for government. Investments in children are increasingly seen as one of best and most valuable long-term investments we can make.

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 Investing in Gender Equality and RMNCAH, 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.


Gender Equality, Human Rights and the Pursuit of Justice

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.


Resource Library: Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH)


Investment Case




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