As the world and its economies become increasingly globalized, it is necessary to think about
health in a global context. While there are talks about sustainable development for women’s
health, little is mentioned about women’s health for sustainable development. Other than
reproductive medicine, the subject of women’s health has not been presented or discussed as
fully as possible around the world. As a result, there is insufficient knowledge within academia as
well as at healthcare, public- and policy-maker levels on sex- and gender-based disparities,
climate change and changing patterns of diseases, and increased conflicts and migration in the
prevalence, progression and outcome of numerous diseases and conditions, including non-
communicable diseases and mental illnesses. This lack of knowledge not only affects women but
also men and the whole of society.

Despite some progress made in women’s health in the last decade, for millions of women and girls
throughout the world, the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of
physical and mental health, including access to medicines, vaccines, commodities, equipment,
other supplies, comprehensive primary healthcare services, health promotion and disease
prevention, still remains a distant goal.  In many instances, especially for those living in poverty
and populations in vulnerable or marginalised situations, this goal is becoming increasingly

There is an urgent need to promote new thinking on the mechanisms that support innovation in
women’s health programs. Further, it is essential to recognise the importance and need of science
and technology for development and the critical role of science, technology and innovation in
addressing global challenges and in realising sustainable development to enhance health, and
reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

The World Women’s Health and Development Forum, organised by the Royal Academy of
Science International Trust (RASIT) in partnership with the United Nations Department of
Economics and Social Affairs, aims to advance the health, wealth and empowerment of women in
all of their diverse communities. The Forum is the first international step towards a collaborative
approach to women’s health and wellbeing.

The Forum, dedicated to “Post-2015 Desired Outcomes,” will identify the main challenges facing
countries in developing and enhancing women’s health. It will reflect practices, information-sharing
mechanisms and concrete actions for the health and development of women and girls, taking into
consideration different needs of different societies and cultures.  The Forum also will consider
initiatives at regional and international levels to increase cooperation and coordination.

This two-day High Level Forum is an occasion for world leaders, United Nations system entities,
scientists, healthcare professionals, and members of civil society, the media and the private
sector to discuss ways to develop and promote sustainably the health of women and girls.  Special
focus will be on desired outcomes of women’s health and development in the Post-2015 Agenda
for implementation. A Forum Declaration, designed to frame an ambitious “Global Action Agenda
for Women’s Health,” shall be produced.

The Forum is structured around three pillars:
    • Health Economics
    Promoting change through leadership development, economic empowerment, education
    and policy development.

    • Health Disparities
    Addressing sex- and gender-based health disparities among diverse populations of women
    by reducing leading causes of illness, impairments, and the premature death of women

    • Health Systems and Innovation
    Directing women’s healthcare policy development through innovative programme models
    and promoting women’s health and sustainable development globally.

Concept Note
The Inaugural World Women's Health and Development Forum

11 - 12 February 2015
United Nations Headquarters
Post - 2015: Desired Outcomes

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