United States Once Again Embraces Sexual Rights−with a Catch

This fall, the Obama Administration made a decision that seems to be a step forward for sexual rights. But is it?

Statement on the 48th Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development

  • April 24, 2015

At the end of two weeks of thought-provoking and intense discussions, the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded on April 17, 2015 without a resolution. On the final day, the chair produced a well-balanced text reflective of the various positions staked by governments, but to everyone’s surprise, this text was suddenly withdrawn by the chair…

Girls Leading the Charge

There is "girl power" at the UN this week. While the halls of power are still filled with older men, young women are making their mark here, and beyond.

CPD48 Joint Statement: Young People and Adolescents Must be Included in the Development Agenda

  • April 15, 2015

Written Statement jointly submitted by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) at the 48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development. The International Women’s Health Coalition and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights welcome the opportunity to emphasize the importance of integrating…

Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies

  • April 12, 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.

Youth Statement to the 47th Commission on Population and Development

  • April 10, 2014

The Youth Statement to the 47th Commission on Population and Development calls on member states to ensure that young people have comprehensive sexual education as part of their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

A Civil Society Red Flag on Global Development Priorities

IWHC joined with 730 other civil society groups in a "red flag" statement expressing concern that recent deliberations on the Post-2015 development agenda have revealed a disconnect between human rights and development.

The Actions We Need for the Future We Want – A Civil Society Red Flag

  • April 9, 2014

A statement signed by 731 civil society organizations calling for human rights to be central in the discussions that will shape the Post-2015 development agenda was delivered to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 47th Commission on Population and Development on April 9, 2014.

A Feminist Vision for Sustainable Development

More than 60 feminists from 31 countries and 47 organizations gathered in upstate New York over three days to define a global feminist agenda for the next two years. The result is a bold call to action to world leaders.

UN Commission Closes With Strong Protection for Migrant Women

Late Friday night, the 46th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development wrapped up here in New York, and we’re happy to report the final resolution recognizes the critical need for migration policies that protect human rights and meet the…