ICRH Global Newsletter

Posted by Caitlin C McCollow on August 20, 2018 at 10:32 am



Message from the Chair

Almost 24 years ago, in September 1994, the United Nations coordinated the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt. Some 20,000 delegates from governments, UN agencies, NGOs, and the media gathered for a discussion on a variety of population issues, including immigration, infant mortality, birth control, family planning, the education of women, and protection for women from unsafe abortion.
The ICPD articulated a bold new vision about the relationships between population, development and individual well-being; 179 countries adopted a forward-looking, 20-year Programme of Action (POA- extended in 2010) that continues to serve as a comprehensive guide to people-centred development progress. The ICPD Programme of Action was remarkable in its recognition that reproductive health and rights, as well as women’s empowerment and gender equality, are cornerstones of population and development programmes.
Since then, a lot of progress has been made, at least in some geographies of the world, but much more needs to be done, and pushback in some areas is of great concern.
In 2019, the international health and development community will review 25 years of progress made in implementing the ICPD POA, take stock of the successes and discuss the many challenges ahead. New global agendas will be set, which will shape funding decisions and country programs for several years. Time now to start preparing ICPDs 25th birthday, review what works and accelerate what needs to be done to carry out the ICPD Programme of Action within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Key is that adolescents and young people are taking an active part in shaping and monitoring this agenda.
Very proud of the many ICRH activities reflected in this newsletter that are contributing to better sexual and reproductive health and rights all over the world, including working with vulnerable populations, research reflected in widely cited publications, advocacy against the gag-rule, leadership in family planning, and innovative interventions to increase male involvement in reproductive health.
Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman

 

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