As the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, UNFPA has launched an advocacy platform for the subsequent post-2015 development framework, Empowering People to Ensure a Sustainable Future for All.
Together with partners, UNFPA is working to have the principles of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), including its emphasis on individuals’ sexual and reproductive health and rights, reflected prominently in any future development mandate.
“There can be no sustainable development without moving sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights forward,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, speaking at a conference of European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development, in Berlin. “That is why the unfinished agenda of the MDGs, especially the health-related goals, and particularly target 5B on universal access to reproductive health, requires that we accelerate our efforts …and advocate together to ensure that they are reflected prominently in the post-2015 development framework.”
UNFPA proposals for the future development framework make the case for specifically including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, adolescents and youth needs and rights, and non-discrimination, as critical elements of the post- 2015 development agenda.