March 1, 2016: Only three weeks after being appointed, Sania Nishtar convened the first face-to-face meeting of the Independent Accountability Panel in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 1st and 2nd of March.
The overarching objective of the IAP is to provide an independent and transparent review of progress on the implementation of the 2016-30 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health (the Strategy) and to identify and advocate the necessary actions to ensure achievement of the Strategy’s goals. The IAP is a key institution in the Strategy’s Unified Accountability Framework (UAF). details about IAP will be posted on their website soon
March 21, 2016: At the 60th Annual Commission on the Status of Women, WHO, FAO and UNICEF hosted a side event to highlight why good nutrition for all, and women in particular, is essential to achieve the SDGs. By showcasing specific examples of effective nutrition interventions, the event demonstrated how societies can become healthier, smarter, more sustainable and more equal by investing in women’s nutrition. Speakers at the event included H.E. Mrs. Esther Lungu, First Lady of Zambia; permanent representatives of the mission of Brazil and Senegal in New York and officials from WHO, FAO and UNICEF. Dr. Sania Nishtar’s video message was relayed at the event which focused on “Investing in women’s nutrition for healthy, smart and more sustainable societies”.