IPPF Releases Scorecard on World Bank’s Reproductive Health Investments

This week, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) released a scorecard tracking the progress of the World Bank’s reproductive health action plan, which aims to increase people in poverty’s access to critical health services worldwide. Titled “The scorecard revisited: Monitoring and evaluating implementation of the World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan 2010-2015”, the report shows that World Bank investments in reproductive health declined between 2012 and 2013, indicating a risk of a downward trend in reproductive health financing.

The World Bank is currently a key funder of reproductive health projects across the 57 Reproductive Health Action Plan priority countries. Thanks to advocacy work from IPPF and other groups, the Bank has agreed to include contraceptive prevalence rates in the International Development Association (IDA) 17 Results Measuring System, which tracks development progress based on specific indicators. Read more...

Another New Year—And One More Chance to Choose the World We Want

By: Mariela Castro Espín, Cuban MP, President of CENESEX, member of the UN High-Level Task Force for the ICPD; Originally posted on Huffington Post

The coming year is a crucial one for humanity, the future and the planet. Throughout 2014, in a series of global and regional deliberations, representatives from all member states of the United Nations will begin negotiating the basis for a new development framework to be adopted in 2015 that will affect the lives of billions of people from all countries, rich or poor, developed and developing, from north and south, for decades to come. The framework under discussion, known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which comprise specific goals and targets and served to motivate the international community's mobilization for its followup. The new Development Agenda will need to have as its essential objective eradicating poverty and promoting social, economic and environmental sustainability. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Using Social Media to Bridge Gaps Between Religion and Rights

By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

A popular campaign that was conceived, developed, and implemented in Mexico is working to bridge divides between religion and rights using social media. In particular, the campaign works to inform the public debate on the role of the Catholic Church in Mexican society, in regards to Catholic teachings and human rights of women and youth, Church hierarchy and Catholic traditions. Read more...

Putting Youth and Reproductive Rights on the Agenda at Rio+20: An Interview with Ivens Reis Reyner

by: Danielle Nierenberg, Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project is collaborating with Women Deliver to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.

As the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, rapidly approaches, organizations from around the world are pushing for issues related to youth and reproductive rights to be prioritized within the sustainable development agenda. The Youth Coalition is an organization of young activists from around the world who bring attention to the sexual and reproductive rights of youth locally and globally. Representatives from the Youth Coalition will be at Rio+20 to inform governments about the connections between sustainable development and sexual rights. Read more...


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