Global Panel of Experts Calls for Bolder Action From Governments and International Community to Meet Commitments Made at International Conference On Population And Development (ICPD)

April 25, 2013, New York, NY

The High-Level Task Force for ICPD is urging governments and the international community to take much bolder action to meet and build on commitments they made at the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994. As the 20-year review of progress toward ICPD goals gets underway, the Task Force today released its position paper, entitled, “Policy Recommendations for ICPD Beyond 2014: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All.

The paper proposes specific steps that must be taken to ensure [...]


Overcoming verticality and integrating health approaches: The rationale for linking HIV and SRHR

The German Development Ministry (BMZ) posted a discussion paper in the post-2015 UN thematic consultation on health entitled, “Overcoming verticality and integrating health approaches: The rationale for linking HIV and SRHR” (see attached).

The paper:

References ICPD in Cairo and the 2004 Glion Call to Action, Makes the case that comprehensive integrated services to SRHR and HIV are a prerequisite to achieve MDG 5 and 6, and should be included in the continuous development agenda, Highlights the exclusion of these issues in the MDGs: “The consultation around the new Post [...]

MPs tackle sexual and reproductive health in Solomon Island

On March 5th, 2013, New Zealand MPs Hon. Maryan Street and Dr. Cam Calder were joined by Solomon Islands MPs, key officials, representatives of international organizations and civil society representatives at National Parliament in Honiara to launch a report on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Pacific.

The report, ‘Pacific Youth: Their Rights, Our Future’, is based on the findings of the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) Open Hearing on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in [...]


Pakistan passes the Reproductive Healthcare and Rights Act 2013

The National Assembly of Pakistan unanimously passed the Reproductive Healthcare and Rights Act 2013 on March 12, 2013. The Private Member’s Bill was introduced by Hon. Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MP and convener of the Pakistan Parliamentary Group on Population, Reproductive Health and Development (PPGPRD). The bill seeks to promote reproductive healthcare and rights in accordance with the Constitution and to fulfill International commitments made by the Government of Pakistan under the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

This Act will provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare services particularly [...]


Read the Final Report on Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The final report of the Thematic Consultation on Health in the post 2015 development agenda has been released.

The report concludes that the guiding principles for the new development agenda should include human rights, equity, gender equality, accountability, and sustainability. The most disadvantaged, marginalized, stigmatized, and hard-to-reach populations in all countries should be prioritized. Equity can be made explicit in all the goals by disaggregating indicators and targets at all levels, and including targets for closing gaps.

According to the report, the post-2015 health agenda should: 1) include [...]