Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed - 2013

September 9, 2013

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed is a global movement to end preventable child deaths. Under the leadership of participating governments and in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child strategy, A Promise Renewed brings together public, private and civil society actors committed to advocacy and action for maternal, newborn and child survival.

A Promise Renewed emerged from the Child Survival Call to Action, convened in June 2012 by the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, in collaboration with UNICEF. The more than 700 government, civil society and private sector participants who gathered for the Call to Action reaffirmed their shared commitment to scale up progress on child survival, building on the success of the many partnerships, initiatives and interventions that currently exist within and beyond the field of health.

A Promise Renewed is based on the ethos that child survival is a shared responsibility and everyone — governments, civil society, the private sector and individuals — has a vital contribution to make. Since June 2012, more than 176 govern- ments and many civil society organizations, private sector organizations and individuals have signed a pledge to redouble their efforts, and they are turning these commitments into action and advocacy.

Annual Reports: In support of A Promise Renewed, UNICEF is publishing annual reports on child survival to track progress and promote accountability for global commitments made to children. This year’s report, released in conjunction with the child mortality estimates of the United Nations Inter-Agency Group on Mortality Estimation, presents:

  • Trends and levels in under-five mortality over the past two decades.
  • Analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 4.
  • Causes of and interventions against child mortality.
  • Highlights of national and global initiatives by governments, civil society and the private sector to accelerate progress on child survival.
  • Statistical tables of child mortality and causes of under-five deaths by country and UNICEF regional classification.