India will be the global host of UNICEF's Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health stakeholders meeting, including participation from nearly hundred countries, this December, officials said.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Forum will emphasise the importance of people-centred accountability, bringing forward the voices and lived realities of women, children and adolescents through innovative programming and creative projects.
The Forum will be hosted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) this December.
"India has performed better than rest of the world in this field and the number of children dying under-five years has fallen by 30 per cent since 2012, from 1.4 million to 989,000," he said.
According to a new report by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME), under-five mortality rate in India was recorded below one million in 2017 for the first time in five years.
Gupta said the Forum, which will be held on December 12 and 13 at Vigyan Bhawan here, will see participation from heads of states, ministers, popular champions, and 1,200 partners from nearly 100 countries.
"India will get an opportunity to present its success story in improving the maternal and child health (indicators) at a world stage," he said.
Moreover, the forum would also bring various stakeholders on a common stage to share their ideas, he said.