EuroNGOs Conference sets the focus for SRHR in the Post-2015 Agenda
October 25th 2013, Berlin: Yesterday, representatives from 75 of the world’s leading sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) organisations convened with UN agencies and international decision-makers at the DSW hosted EuroNGOs conference in Berlin with their gaze firmly fixed on advancing SRHR in the post-2015 development agenda.
Almost a month after the 68th UN General Assembly’ MDG Special Event, where member states came together to agree on a roadmap for a post-2015 agenda, the conference titled, “Next Steps: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights on the Post-2015 Agenda”, called for a forward-looking development framework that promotes SRHR, gender equality, and the empowerment of women, adolescents, and youth.
“When I think about rising inequalities across the world, the significant global unmet need for modern contraception, and the global estimates of 287,000 annual maternal deaths, 85 per cent which occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, the inclusion of SRHR in the next development agenda is both urgent and paramount,” said Renate Baehr, Executive Director, DSW. “I am heartened by today’s events and positive that a coordinated approach can be found.”
Seen as the most important post-2015 event to date within the SRHR community, the conference drew a host of international speakers including Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA, and representatives from major European donor countries such as Lambert Grijns, Ambassador for SRHR and HIV & AIDS of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, and Carsten Staur, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations in Geneva. All speakers emphasised the need for a clear way forward and recognised the fulfilment of SRHR as key towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls living in the world’s poorest countries.
It is envisioned that 2014 will be a turning point in the road towards a post-2015 framework as next year will see the 69th session of the UN General Assembly culminate in a summit that will result in the adoption the next development agenda in 2015. Reflecting on the discussions of the day, Serge Rabier, Chair, EuroNGOs, said, “The next 24 months presents us with an historic opportunity to embrace the transformative shifts needed to finish the work started with the MDGs and achieve real sustainable development and poverty reduction. However, for the next agenda to take root, we need to keep women and girls at the heart of development and promote access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all”.
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