A world where every child is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled!
Last week at the United Nations, it was an honour to touchpoint with senior women leaders of the United Nations Population Fund, a multilateral development anchor partner of my The Wellbeing Foundation Africa.
In my meetings with Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, on the sidelines of attending the UN Water Conference 2023 at the UN HQ in NYC with my WBFA Global Team, and with her colleagues Diene Keita, Deputy Executive Director for Programmes, and Mariarosa Cutillo, Chief of Strategic Partnerships, we reviewed the impact of our WBFA UNFPA facilitated environments where mothers and young people are empowered to achieve a high-quality of wellbeing, based on a holistic approach to progress for all.
Through our WBFA UNFPA RMNCAH Nutrition International Leverage and Influence for Transformation NLIFT initiative, we pioneered integrative nutrition interventions into existing development platforms, becoming an Implementing Partner in 2018 with UNFPA to execute the MamaCare + Nutrition programme through our flagship MamaCare360.
In 2019 WBFA joined Member States in making the historic commitment at the Nairobi Summit ICPD+25 convened by UNFPA, to accelerate the achievement of the three zeros by 2030: zero unmet need for contraception; zero preventable maternal deaths; and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices.
Dr. Kanem, a champion for gender equality and for the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and girls presented me with the emblematic advocacy symbols of the Bodyright.me Campaign, and while together, we discussed the importance of imminently strengthening the connections between population, equity, comprehensive education and a prosperous world through investing in healthcare that prioritises women and girls, especially the most marginalised.
Our work aspires to further the mission of a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. I look forward to the continued WBFA UNFPA joint efforts, as we aim to achieve the SDGs by 2030.