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Saturday, 20 September 2014

UN debate on progress and remaining challenges for meeting the sexual and reproductive rights of all people

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Today September 22 heads of state will participate extraordinary sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGASS) dedicated this year to follow the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

This is crucial for the ICPD agenda and the post-2015 development time. It is time that all governments will gather to see the progress that has been achieved in relation to health and sexual and reproductive rights (SRHR) and the challenges to be overcome. It is also a opportunity to position sexual and reproductive rights as a vital part of the framework for the post-2015 development and call it a goal within the health goal.

Health and sexual and reproductive rights: 20 years after Cairo

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Programme of Action and the UN General Assembly decided to extend it beyond 2014 and this year to convene a special session of the General Assembly to renew the necessary political support for the full implementation its goals and objectives established two decades ago.

Twenty years after Cairo, much remains to be done. The CIPD has inspired policies and programs that have improved millions of lives, but still serious shortcomings persist and the agenda agreed in Cairo remains largely unfinished. As highlighted in the report of the review process, progress has been fragmented, with large differences between countries and regionsSi recortas sus derechos, recortas también su vida - Alianza por la Solidaridad

  • Every day, 800 women die from preventable causes related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
  • More than 220 million women in developing countries want to prevent pregnancy but lack access to effective contraception and to quality services.
  • 15 million young people between 15 and 19 become mothers every year.
  • 47,000 women die every year from unsafe abortions, most in countries where access to safe abortions is restricted or penalized by law.
  • Only 34% of pregnant women receive adequate prenatal care in low-income countries.

Source: Working Group of High Level ICPD Agenda priorities for the post 2015 development 2013.

Therefore, it is essential that the General Assembly of the United Nations requires political mobilization and renewal of commitments. However, there is a risk that the international community does not meet this political imperative and commit only minimally. The health and sexual and reproductive rights are the subject of lively ideological disputes internationally and are constantly challenged in the name of culture, religion and morality. In addition, the Cairo agenda faces different ideologies and anti-fundamentalism extension of human rights to spaces of autonomy over their own bodies and sexuality. With consensus as justification, the agenda of the special session of the General Assembly of the United Nations dedicated to the CIPD runs the risk of not being up to the challengesOnly to avoid a possible blockade by political opponents to advance the agenda and ensure the full enjoyment of health and sexual and reproductive rights governments.

Thus Spain asked to renew their commitment and beyond, calling for the adoption of an ambitious agenda in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

See the common position of the Spanish NGO clicking here

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