In 2000, the United Nations established eight international development goals, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were a diverse set of objectives—from eradicating extreme poverty to improving maternal health—that the U.N. wanted to reach by 2015. As this deadline approaches, the international community is looking ahead to define what’s come to be known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, or “post-2015.”
IWHC and our partners are working with government leaders and U.N. agencies to ensure that women and girls have a principal spot in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. We know that sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and women’s empowerment are essential for sustainable development. Efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve economic prosperity cannot succeed when women and adolescents, especially girls, are denied full rights and participation in society.
In a new article published by Global Health Policy, IWHC President Françoise Girard argues that the commitments made by governments 20 years ago at the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) can and must be fully reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.
A new UN report finds the global maternal mortality ratio has fallen by 45 percent since 1990, with every region of the world experiencing a decline by at least 37 percent. But despite this good news, it’s likely there are large numbers of maternal deaths that are either misclassified or underreported.
Youth advocates sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging him to protect and advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth—as outlined in the Colombo Declaration—in his report to Member States in late 2014.
The Commission on Population and Development called on governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development.