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Reaffirming Resolve: Sustainable Development Starts with Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

  • United Nations Headquarters New York, NY (map)

High-level representatives celebrated the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and reaffirmed resolve for sexual and reproductive health and rights as drivers of poverty eradication, food security, gender equality, climate change response, and economic empowerment, among other development priorities. The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health has recognized sixteen countries with the Resolve Award, celebrating their leadership in driving progress for innovative reproductive health service delivery, policy development, and financing mechanisms. This high-level event brought together members of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health as well as Resolve Award winners.


  • Her Excellency Joyce Banda, Former President, Republic of Malawi
  • Dr. John Borrazzo, Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Division in the Bureau for Global Health, USAID
  • Her Excellency Tarja Halonen, Former President, Republic of Finland
  • Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women
  • The Honorable Joy Phumaphi, Former Minister of Health, Republic of Botswana and Chair of the GLC

Ministerial and high-level representatives from Resolve Award winning countries, including:

  • The Honorable Dr. Peter Kampalume, Minister of Health, Republic of Malawi
  • The Honorable Nkandu Luo, Minister of Gender and Child Development, Republic of Zambia
  • The Honorable Patrick Ndimubanzi, Minister of State, Rwanda
  • The Honorable Madina Rahman, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Republic of Sierra Leone