White Ribbon Alliance, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Save the Children, and World Vision have partnered to support citizens and civil society across the world in Citizens’ Hearings calling on governments to account for their delivery on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, as well as more specific commitments made under the UN Secretary General’s initiative, Every Woman Every Child.
To date, over 100 Citizens’ Hearings have taken place in over 20 countries, and recommendations from these events are being shared with Ministers of Health, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and other national political leaders. The outcomes of the Hearings have also been submitted as feedback into the process for the updated Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and have been used to set the agenda for the World Health Assembly’s Global Citizens’ Dialogue.
The Citizens’ Hearings outcomes demonstrate the effectiveness of citizen-led accountability at district, national and global levels, and help to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals include strong accountability mechanisms to make sure these new targets are delivered.
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Effective mechanisms for true accountability to citizens are central to ensuring that health and human rights standards are respected, protected and fulfilled. These mechanisms must provide for the active input of citizens into global, national and local institutions. This a right and it is essential as a means of galvanizing the political will needed to deliver on the ambitious agenda and, ultimately, improving the quality and access of services for women and children.
While many commitments have been made, governments and global development partners have failed to invest sufficiently in citizen-inclusive accountability. Now these commitments must be realised. Download