UN appointment for Dame Carol

Burnet Institute

14 December, 2018

Image: Dame Carol Kidu (courtesy Ryan Brown)

Burnet Institute Patron, and Patron-in-Chief of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program, Dame Carol Kidu DBE, has been appointed to a prestigious and influential United Nations (UN) panel on maternal and child health.

The UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent (EWEC) comprises internationally recognised experts whose role is to provide rigorous, independent and transparent assessment of progress of the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

The Global Strategy is a key part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and serves as a roadmap for countries to implement the SDGs through the lens of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing.

The Global Strategy also encourages cross-sectoral action to guarantee the full mental and physical health of women, children and adolescents in all settings, so they might achieve their full potential to thrive and transform their communities.

Dame Carol said she’s honoured by her appointment as the first ‘Pacific voice’ on the IAP and she expects to make good use of her wide network of technical and research support to make that voice heard.

“What I can offer is advocacy at the political level if the opportunity arises, as well as pragmatic input to the IAP about the complexities of community engagement on these matters in the Pacific region,” Dame Carol said.

“The community is the area that interests me most.”

The IAP is responsible for assessing the state of the world’s accountability for delivery on the vision of the Global Strategy and its commitments to the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents.

Dame Carol served as Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Community Development from 2002-2011, and was only female member for the majority of her 15 years in parliament.

She also founded the Safe Motherhood Alliance of PNG with the aim to build sustainable solutions to the problems of child and maternal health.

Born in Queensland, Dame Carol became a naturalised PNG citizen after marrying Buri Kidu, who was knighted upon his appointment as PNG’s first indigenous Chief Justice.

Dame Carol was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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