In addition to the release of the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also authored a timely and progressive report assessing progress made under the ICPD Programme of Action. In the report, Framework of Actions for the follow up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014, the Secretary-General notes that the ICPD review:
…overwhelmingly supports the ICPD consensus that respect, protection, promotion and fulfilment of human rights are necessary preconditions to improving the development, dignity and well-being of all people; and that sexual and reproductive health and rights, and an understanding of the implications of population dynamics are critical foundations for sustainable development.
The Secretary-General’s report calls for the protection and fulfillment of youth and their access to sexual and reproductive health information and services as a necessity for them to reach their full potential. This statement is especially significant given the findings of the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report, which also highlights the importance of recognizing and addressing the unique challenges young people, especially young women, continue to face.
Also included in the report’s recommendations is a call for governments to reduce the need for abortion by ensuring affordable access to modern contraceptives. To further reduce abortion-related deaths, governments are called on to provide non-discriminatory post-abortion care and to:
…remove legal barriers preventing women and adolescent girls from access to safe abortion, including revising restrictions within existing abortion laws, and where legal, should ensure the availability of safe, good-quality abortion services, in order to safeguard the lives of women and girls.
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