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text reflective of the various positions staked by governments, but to everyone’s surprise, this text was suddenly withdrawn by the chair only two hours after being distributed to delegates, without the chance for governments to engage in the normal fine-tuning that is routine at CPD negotiations.

The CPD has a long history of producing strong outcomes, and for nearly 20 years has reached solid consensus on advancing and supporting full implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. This has been possible because of the willingness and good faith of governments to negotiate directly with one another. It is clear that what happened at the conclusion of the CPD’s 48th session was a procedural anomaly that should be prevented from happening in future sessions.

In April 2011, the General Assembly agreed to extend the ICPD Programme of Action and ensure its follow-up beyond 2014 in order to fully meet its goals and objectives. To fulfill this mandate, it is critical that governments continue to work together at CPD to reach agreement on how best to address gaps and challenges in implementing the Programme of Action. We hope that when the CPD reconvenes in April 2016 to review its methods of work, governments will use this opportunity to strengthen the CPD as a space to build consensus through negotiations, as they have for 20 years.

The undersigned organizations are deeply committed to continuing to work at multiple levels—local, national, regional, and global—to secure the sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda for the health, human rights, and well-being of all, together with governments, agencies, and civil society organizations.

Endorsed by (as of April 28, 2015):

Acción Ciudadana por la Democracia (AC Democracia), Ecuador
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM)
Advocates for Youth
Afluentes, S.C., Mexico
African Woman and Child Feature Service, Kenya
African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)
Akahatá-Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros, Argentina
Alianza por la Solidaridad, Spain
Amnesty International
Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APA)
Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo (AIDOS), Italy
ASTRA Network, Central and Eastern Europe
ATHENA Network
AWAZ Foundation Pakistan/Centre for Development Services (AWAZCDS)
Balance Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud, México
Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC), Nepal
Catholics for Choice
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), Kenya
Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education, Malawi
Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (PROMSEX), Peru
Chanan Development Association (CDA), Pakistan
CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, the Netherlands
Coalición de Jóvenes para la Educación y la Salud Sexual, México
Coalición Mesoamericana por los Derechos Reproductivos de las Mujeres con VIH
Coalición Nacional de Mujeres del Ecuador
Coordinadora de la Mujer, Bolivia
Corporación Humanas, Chile
Corporación Humanas, Colombia
Creación Positiva, Spain
dance4life, the Netherlands
Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji/Pacific
ELA-Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género
Federacion Planificacion Familiar Estatal, Spain
Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland
Frente Ecuatoriano de Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos, Ecuador
Fundacion Arcoiris por el Respeto a la Diversidad Sexual, México
Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM)
FUSA Asociación Civil (FUSA AC), Argentina
Gestos: HIV+, Comunicação e Gênero, Brazil
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)
Grupo Impulsor Cairo+20, Guatemala
International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion
International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)
International Planned Parenthood Federation
International Planned Parenthood Federation/South Asia Region
International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region
International Women’s Health Coalition
Let Girls Lead
Marie Stopes International-Bolivia
Médicos del Mundo España, Spain
MenEngage Alliance
Movimiento de Mujeres de Sectores Populares Luna Creciente, Ecuador
National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO), United Kingdom
Network of Adolescents and Youth of Africa
New Zealand Family Planning Association
Organización de Mujeres Tierra Viva, Guatemala
P&D Factor-Associação para a Cooperação e Desenvolvimento, Portugal
Paramount Young Women Initiative, Liberia
Pari o Dispare, Italy
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Plataforma Mujeres, Ecuador
Reseau Jeunesse Population et Developpement du Senegal (RESOPOPDEV)
Rural Women’s Network-Nepal (RUWON Nepal)
Servicios Integrales para la Mujer – SI Mujer, Nicaragua
Simavi, the Netherlands
SRHR Alliance-Kenya
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
Women and Media Collective, Sri Lanka
Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR-NEW WAYS)
Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights
Women’s Health Foundation, Indonesia
Youth Advocacy Network (YAN), Pakistan
Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Youth Empowerment Alliance, Pakistan
Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER), Pakistan
Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO), Malawi