Feature story

Heads of H6 agencies embrace new results framework

07 May 2018

Around the world, many women, children and adolescents still have little or no access to quality health services and education, clean air and water, adequate sanitation and good nutrition. And far too many face violence and discrimination, unequal access to power and opportunity, and numerous barriers that harm their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

To accelerate change, the executive heads of the H6 partnership met on the sidelines of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board in London, United Kingdom, on 2 May and agreed a new results framework, H6 Results 2020. H6 Results 2020 aims to shape the H6 partnership into a trusted, valued source for technical support, strategic policy advice and best practices for the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents.

Developed under the chairpersonship of UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, H6 Results 2020 is closely aligned with the Every Woman Every Child Every Adolescent Global Strategy and the 2020 Every Woman Every Child Partners’ Framework. H6 Results 2020 sets ambitious goals while committing to deliver on a number of concrete results for 2020.

“I am excited about our revitalized H6 partnership. As the technical arm of the Every Woman Every Child movement, we plan to further streamline and simplify the health architecture, coordinating with key partners to leverage political capital, technical expertise and advocacy for results for women, children and adolescents everywhere,” said Mr Sidibé.

Taking forward the vision endorsed by the executive heads in March 2018, H6 Results 2020 builds on the achievements of the H6 to date and reinforces existing mechanisms while strengthening United Nations mechanisms to support countries. It outlines how the H6 will harmonize efforts of the six H6 organizations and with key partners at the country, regional and global levels and will focus on the countries with the highest burdens of maternal, child and adolescent mortality and morbidity for intensified action.

“The H6 partnership plays a critical role in ensuring that countries focus on the health needs of women in an intersectional way, with laser-like focus on gender equality, human rights and other enablers, such as education,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women.

By amplifying its added value, the H6 partnership seeks to serve as a living laboratory for United Nations reform—heeding the call of the United Nations Secretary-General for a more country-focused, coordinated, efficient and accountable development system better able to assist countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“It is important that the United Nation comes together to focus its technical support on key priorities in a few high-burden countries, and what must drive our focus is results for people,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

While committed to driving progress across a range of priorities for women, children and adolescent health, H6 Results 2020 puts clear emphasis on reaching adolescents. Adolescent girls and boys (aged 10–19 years) remain a particularly underserved population by the health and social programmes of many countries. Ensuring the health and well-being of adolescents is critical to delivering on the mandate of each of the H6 partners.

“The H6 partnership has proven that working in close collaboration and bringing different expertise and experience to the table is not only effective in enabling countries to deliver rights-based quality care for the women and girls left furthest behind, but also ensures strong country ownership,” said Natalia Kanem, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund.