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New MDG Report Highlights the Need to Invest in Girls, Women, and Youth

Since their implementation fourteen years ago, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have made critical strides, yet challenges remain for girls, women and young people, says a new report released today by the United Nations. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 shows that while some MDG targets have been met, including the reduction of extreme poverty by half, other critical targets such as MDG 5—the reduction of maternal mortality by 75%—remain far off course. The report indicates that large-scale progress is possible, but only with sufficient funding and data to address staggering inequalities. Read more...

Parliamentarians Key to Achieving Sustainable Development

Today, on World Environment Day, the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) launched a handbook guide on ways parliamentarians and other decision-makers can can best promote environmental sustainability within the post-2015 framework.

Titled “The Role of Parliamentarians in Advancing the Sustainable Development Agenda,” the guidebook discusses the close link between environment and socio-economic development, calling for emphasis on raising a profile of environmental objectives alongside poverty-reduction objectives to achieve sustainable progress, which will benefit the health and well-being of people worldwide

According to the guidebook, parliamentarians are uniquely positioned to influence the shape, content and implementation processes of national development goals, thereby making them critical players in the development agenda. They can best play their role by taking action, ensuring accountability, speaking about their stories, creating visibility and demonstrating commitment. Read more...

2014 Gates Letter Highlights Women’s Empowerment and Family Planning

The 2014 Annual Letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effectively highlights common myths about global aid and development, and what areas need to be prioritized to see real progress for the poor and marginalized. In particular, increasing women’s empowerment and their access to contraception are discussed as key interventions that lead to measurable change and a more equitable, sustainable world. Read more...

International PHE Conference Closes with Renewed Momentum

Originally posted by Population Reference Bureau

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 11-12 November 2013 — The second International Population, Health, and Environment Conference, organized by Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and PHE Ethiopia Consortium, convened over two days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, around the theme “Healthy Families, Healthy Environments”. Population, health, and environment (PHE) initiatives use integrated approaches to improve access tohealth services, especially family planning and reproductive health, while helping communities to improve livelihoods, manage natural resources, and conserve the critical ecosystems on which they depend. The PHE Conference, funded by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and East Africa Regional Office, brought together over 150 PHE implementers and advocates representing 20 different nations from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and North America. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Bridging Sustainability and Family Planning for a Brighter Future

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

The East Africa Population, Health and Environment (PHE) network was founded on the belief that integrated issues require an integrated approach. Women are drivers of change, and their ability to choose if and when to have children has a profound effect on population growth and resilience to climate change. In Ethiopia, PHE is working to bring essential family planning and HIV services, along with materials for natural resource conservation and food source diversification. Now, family planning usage rates have skyrocketed and hundreds of households are using energy-saving stoves. Read more...

UNICEF: Children are both the makers and the markers of healthy, sustainable societies

Original news release posted on the UNICEF website

One year after the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference building “The future we want” – Rio’s outcome – will be dependent on children being at the heart of the post-2015 agenda, says UNICEF. A new UNICEF position paper, Sustainable development starts and ends with safe, healthy and well-educated children, outlines three messages that are key for achieving a world fit for children – today and for future generations. Read more...

Women & Sustainability: Why They Need Each Other in a Post-MDG World

By: Carmen Barroso, Regional Director of IPPF-WHR; Originally posted on Huffington Post

There's a lot of talk about investment these days; as the global economic crisis stumbles on, social services are cut from the USA to Uruguay, and the planet faces ever more urgent environmental threats. But next week, women and policymakers from around the world will gather in Malaysia to foment a revolution. Their call? Investment of a different kind, investment in girls and women for the sake not only of people, but also for the planet. Read more...

Women Deliver’s Jill Sheffield at BSR Conference 2012

Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield recently spoke at the BSR 2012 Conference session on ‘Women’s Health: A Missing Sustainability.’ She and Worldwatch Institute President Robert Engelman discussed the links between women’s reproductive rights and sustainability. In this video from the conference, Jill highlights the significance of investing in women; “Women are consumers. Women are producers. They’re not just reproducers.” 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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