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Dr. Fred Sai, Ghanian Physician and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Advocate, Celebrates His 90th Birthday

Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to Dr. Fred Sai, Board Member Emeritus and long-time friend of Women Deliver. Dr. Sai has been a champion for maternal and reproductive health for his entire lifetime, and next week will celebrate his 90th birthday. We will be compiling birthday messages for Dr. Sai and would love your input! Read more...

 

Sexual and Reproductive Rights are Not ‘New’ Rights, Says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations, New York, 8 April 2014 – Although sometimes considered controversial, sexual and reproductive rights are not ‘new’ rights, but “are intrinsic to a range of internationally binding treaties.”

That was one of the messages in the keynote address by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, speaking at a side event, Celebrating Cairo and Going Beyond, organized by the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) on the occasion of the Commission on Population and Development. Read more...

Global Leaders Celebrate Two Decades of Progress for Girls and Women

Yesterday, the opening day of the 47th session of the United Nations (UN) Conference on Population and Development (CPD), Women Deliver and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in support of Every Woman Every Child, co-hosted an event in New York to call for political commitments to and investments in girls’ and women’s health and rights. This reception commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt, where global leaders issued a visionary consensus prioritizing the health and rights of women and young people, including their sexual and reproductive health. Read more...
 

DSW Executive Director Calls for “SRHR for All” at the CPD

By: Renate Baehr, Executive Director, DSW; Member, High-level Task Force for ICPD; Originally posted by DSW

The 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development is currently underway in New York (April 7th to 11th). The aim of the session is the assessment of the status of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action that resulted from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. Read more...

The Loss and Legacy of Dr. Wasim Zaman

Women Deliver received the devastating news of the loss of Dr. Wasim Zaman, long-standing advocate for girls and women in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide. Dr. Zaman was an integral part of the original International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, and worked for the past decades to push for the implementation of commitments made at the meeting. Read more...

Groundbreaking Report on ICPD by UN Secretary-General

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. Read more...

Progress for Some Means Our Work is Far From Over

The United Nations released a groundbreaking new report today highlighting substantial, yet unequal and uneven, progress in global health, rights, and development. Fewer women are dying in childbirth than ever before, HIV infection rates have declined, and more girls are receiving an education. Research has proven that when girls are educated, families are healthier and countries are more economically prosperous.

Despite this correlation and the monumental impacts of girls and women on global development, gender inequality, gender-based violence, and the marginalization of under-represented groups continue to serve as tremendous obstacles to further progress. In particular, individuals with disabilities, those from indigenous groups, and those who are LGBT have faced persistent discrimination. Read more...

Development is Being Derailed by Ignoring Equality, Rights and Women’s Health, UN Cautions

Originally posted by UNFPA

New UN report says development gains from the past 20 years cannot be sustained unless governments tackle the inequalities that hurt the poorest and most marginalized

  • The number of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries has fallen dramatically from 47 per cent in 1990 to 22 per cent in 2010
  • But many of the estimated 1 billion people living in the 50-60 poorest countries will stagnate as the rest of the world gets richer

UNITED NATIONS, New York — A new report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect the poorest and most marginalized, including adolescent girls and women affected by violence as well as rural populations. Read more...

High-Level Task Force for ICPD Calls on African Leaders for Gender Equality

Originally posted by the High-Level Task Force for ICPD

Today, the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) launched its policy recommendations in Africa, calling on the region’s top decision-makers to step up political will and investments for advancing gender equality, the  empowerment of women and young people, and sexual and reproductive health and rights – fundamental human rights issues and also critical for the sustainable development of the region. Read more...

Policymakers Recommit to Unfinished Agenda of Landmark Cairo Population Conference

ISTANBUL, 25 May 2012—Lawmakers from 110 countries reaffirmed today their support to the principles and goals of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), emphasizing their continued centrality to efforts to reduce poverty and safeguard people’s health and rights, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.
 
At the fifth global parliamentarians’ conference on population and development, held here on 24-25 May, some 400 delegates, including more than 200 parliamentarians, discussed a course of action over the coming years to implement the ICPD Programme of Action by 2014 and beyond. They also considered ways to influence any new development framework to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. Read more...

International Organizations Convene for Rio+20 Discussions

By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

Last month, staff from Women Deliver met with high-level members of several international organizations focused on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and youth. The meeting was organized to discuss the lack of emphasis on gender, SRHR, and young people in the Zero Draft document for Rio+20, which takes place this June.

The Rio+20 summit, a UN conference on sustainability, will include seven priority areas: decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness. Despite the undisputed link between women’s health, reproductive rights, and family planning accessibility with these priorities, gender- and SRHR-related topics have not received as much attention as many believe it should have. Read more...

Women, Adolescents, and Young People are Critical for Sustainable Development

By: Adeolu Ogunrombi, one of the Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders
Originally posted on Adeolu’s blog

nigeria.JPGThe truth that adolescent girls occupy the lowest rank in the hierarchy of gender power relationships and its effect on their holistic development is an issue of utmost importance and urgency. My mind went down memory lane and remembered an experience I had some years back while working with a health facility supported by the World Bank to provide care and treatment on HIV/AIDS in one of the North Central states, very close to Abuja the Federal Capital of Nigeria.

There was a time we noticed in the HIV counseling and testing unit that so many of our clients coming from a particular village within the suburb were testing positive for HIV. The incidence became of concern to me and my colleagues and we were curious to know why this was happening in a village that has little or no social infrastructure. Read more...

2015+: What Happens After the MDG and ICPD Deadlines?

By: Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver

2015+.JPGWith 2014 and 2015 approaching, advocates are beginning to talk about what will happen to maternal health and sexual and reproductive health and rights when major international agreements, like ICPD and the MDGs, reach their deadlines. What will happen to the global architecture for maternal health if and when these targets are or are not met? There is some talk of collapsing all the health MDGs (MDG 4, 5, and 6) into a solitary goal to make room for other critical issues, like non-communicable diseases, pandemics, or terrorism. Some thought leaders are talking of creating a whole new framework, while others think the MDGs and ICPD should be extended or have no timeline. Read more...

Human Rights Upheld at the United Nations 44th Commission on Population and Development

The outcome document of the 44th annual session of the Commission on Population and Development which concluded last week reaffirms the landmark International Conference on Population and Development Program of Action and brings the international community one step closer to ensuring that all people have access to necessary reproductive health services. Read more...

Statement by Advocates for Youth at the Commission on Population and Development

Women Deliver participated in the "Youth Caucus" organized by Advocates for Youth, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, YouAct, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, and Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. This caucus worked together to produce a statement that represented the perspectives of many different young people from around the world.

"I am presenting this statement, on behalf of youth led NGOs and young people from around the world. We are firmly in support and call for the realization of all young people's human rights which include sexual and reproductive rights, that must be respected regardless of our age. With this year being the UN International Year of Youth, and as outlined in international commitments, the human rights of all young people should be the priority for the governments, international agencies, policy makers and communities. That's why we are here to share with you our collective voice and message: Youth Demand Change." Read more...

Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin at the Commission on Population and Development

Statement by: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development 2011

Mister Chairman, Members of the Commission, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you were born before 1967, you’ve seen world population double. As our population approaches 7 billion, every person particularly adolescents and young people should be able to enjoy human rights and human dignity. Every person should have the opportunity to make the most of his or her potential. Read more...

UN Extends ICPD Programme of Action Beyond 2014

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Follow up to the ICPD Beyond 2014, entitled, “Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields”. The resolution, introduced by Yemen, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, extends the ICPD Programme of Action and the Key Actions for the Further Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action beyond 2014, when the Programme was technically to come to an end. Read more...

High Level Meeting on Maternal Mortality - Youth Experience

Below is the speech delivered by Imane Khachani, MD, Msc, from the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights for the High-Level Meeting at the International Parliamentarians' Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action.

ICPD and the Promises for Youth

Yesterday, we attended a luncheon on "The promises of the ICPD for Young People," sponsored by the Government of The Netherlands in conjunction with the IPPF. The panel discussed some really important topics like: youth friendly services; young women and abortion; youth participation; and delivering young people's SRHR programmes.

 

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