The Regional Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality (GTR) and Women Deliver are co-hosting the regional consultation Maternal Health in Latin America and the Caribbean – The Unfinished Agenda, to take place on June 5 and 6, 2012, in Mexico City, Mexico. The consultation will bring together key stakeholders to discuss strategies for strengthening political commitment to women’s reproductive health in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), with a particular focus on maternal health.
This meeting is part of a series of regional conferences to be held during 2012 in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. Key recommendations from the consultations will be presented to the United Nations Secretary-General at the end of 2012, and discussed at the next global Women Deliver conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2013. They will contribute to shaping the global reproductive health agenda after 2015.
The meeting will bring together almost 200 stakeholders from a broad range of sectors, including governments, academia, civil society, donors, business groups, and media. The consultation will foster the participation of young people, and a pre-forum will be held on June 4th with a select group of youth advocates. While the majority of participants will be from LAC countries, there will also be speakers and guests from Europe, Canada, and the United States. Spanish-English translation will be available on both days and in all sessions.
During the first day, discussions will focus on the main issues related to ending maternal mortality in the LAC region. Participants will share regional success stories, lessons learned, and promising innovations that can shape maternal health strategies in the future. The second day will foster discussions on the significance of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, with a view to developing regional recommendations for the post-MDG framework. The meeting will employ a participatory methodology to promote open dialogue. Speakers will reflect a diversity of viewpoints, including those of indigenous leaders and women activists.
Due to limited funding, and in order to guarantee broad representation across sectors and countries, participation will be by invitation only. The organizers have worked with regional networks to identify key stakeholders through a rigorous selection process. Criteria for selection included: representation of countries with the most maternal deaths, of governments committed to maternal mortality reduction, and of leaders who can mobilize political and financial support; gender balance; presence of minority groups; and a combination of strong advocates and new voices. Funding has been awarded for a limited number of full scholarships, mainly for civil society advocates and public sector stakeholders. Event registration is free, and meals during the conference will be offered to all participants.
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