United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)


Nivedha Baskaran
United States

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Committee: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Topic: Emphasis on maternal health with respect to MDG’s

Country: Estonia

School: The Indian Public School, Erode

Delegation: Represented by Nivedha Baskaran


According to the World Health Organization, maternal health refers to “the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period”. The 8 Millennium Development Goals, all interconnected to one another, together provide a basis for solutions and actions to be taken to resolve maternal mortality and related issues. Today, maternal health is a global issue, but is mainly a problem in developing countries (almost 99% of pregnancy-related deaths occur in developing countries [1]). Women in rural areas have even higher risks of death due to pregnancy-related complications (830 women die every day in these areas [1]). This has a multitude of causes, which are very diverse and widespread. The main cause is the lack of proper healthcare for all future mothers during the period of pregnancy and a short time after. Child pregnancy, improper sanitation, unsafe abortions are complications that can lead to poorer maternal health globally. Implementing successful solutions for these problems is essential, to save the lives of mothers around the world and preventing the orphaning of newborn children.

We cannot accept that it is “normal” to lose any woman…any child…anywhere.”, said the Secretary General at a summit on maternal, new-born and child health in Canada in 2014[2]. He emphasizes the fact that in rural areas, including where he grew up, women and children dying due to pregnancy-related problems was perceived as normal, as a way of life. The launch of the ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative in 2010 drastically improved the situation worldwide by ‘addressing major health challenges for women, children and adolescents around the world’ [3]. The United Nations also adopted several resolutions like E/CN.6/2010/L.6 for eliminating preventable mat...