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Population Institute Joins the Addis Call to Action

April 28, 2014

The Population Institute is proud to join with governments, regional and international organizations, international financial institutions, and civil society organizations in urging that the post-2015 framework actively support sexual and reproductive health and rights, including full gender equality and access to voluntary family planning services.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire next year. The “Addis Call to Action,” seeks to ensure that any new development goals that extend or replace the MDGs will include a strong international commitment to family planning and the UN’s goal of universal access to reproductive health services. MDG(5)(b), which set 2015 as the target year for achieving that universal access, will not be met. If progress in expanding coverage is to be maintained, the UN and the larger international community will have to renew and strengthen their commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In signing on as an endorser of the Addis Call to Action, Robert Walker, the Institute’s president, said, “In addition to ensuring that women have access to a wide range of contraceptive methods, renewed attention must also be given to empowering girls and women in the developing world.  Full gender equality is essential to meeting international development goals, including universal access to family planning and reproductive health services.”

Later this year, after the UN General Assembly reconvenes in September, the UN is expected to approve a post-2015 development agenda that builds upon the work of the MDGs.  The UN, as part of that process, is also expected to approve a separate or related group of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Walker said, “If international development is to be truly successful, it must be sustainable. We have to recognize that there are planetary limits. In addition to a renewed commitment to family planning and reproductive health, the UN must also work to ensure that international development efforts acknowledge and address concerns about climate change, environmental degradation, and resource depletion.”

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