Thursday
Apr042013

1,000 days to go to the MDG 2015 Target Date

Today, 5 April kicks off the countdown to the last 1,000 days for the MDGs. UNFPA is  joining the United Nations (DPI, UNDP, the Millennium Campaign, UNICEF and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs), the United Nations Foundation and many others in calling for renewed and intensified attention to the Millennium Development Goals as the target date for their achievement approaches. 
 
UNFPA is marking this milestone with a variety of online activities to amplify awareness and accelerate action on the MDGs. Attention is drawn in particular to MDG5 Targets A & B: to improve maternal health, and universal access to reproductive health. 

Tuesday
Apr022013

Open Application Process for FP 2020 Working Groups

Family Planning 2020 has announced that it is inviting individuals to apply now to serve either on a FP2020 Working Group or on a FP2020 Consultative Network to the Core Working Groups.

The application process opened on Friday, March 29 and closes on Tuesday, April 16

All FP2020 Working Groups will consist of two co-leads and a core membership of 10-18 individuals representing a wide range of stakeholders and expertise. 

Working Group: Participation in the Core Working Groups is on an unpaid volunteer basis and members are required to give 10% of their time (approximately four hours per week) over a two-year term. Three Core Working Groups are currently accepting applications for membership: 

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Thursday
Mar282013

High-Level Panel adopts Bali Communiqué

At the end of their meeting the High-Level Panel adopted the Bali Communiqué, which should be read alongside the Monrovia Communiqué, which includes a reference to sexual and reproductive health. 

The Bali meeting focused particularly on areas such as partnerships, the global environment and sustainable development, and less on social inclusion. The panel did, however, note that the population will peak at 9-10 billion in 2050. It also recognized the need for data availability and better accountability in measuring progress.

Tuesday
Mar262013

Expert Group Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Among the meetings taking place in Bali in the run up to the High-Level Panel (HLP), an Expert Group Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 Development Agenda was organized by UNFPA, in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia (BKKBN and UKP4) to develop concrete recommendations on “how to” address and harness population dynamics in relation to development objectives in the Post-2015 development agenda in general, and on priorities of the Asia-Pacific region in particular. Participants in the meeting included international and Indonesian experts from universities, research institutes and think tanks, relevant Indonesian Government institutions and selected Youth Organizations and CSOs that have strong backgrounds in population dynamics.

Based on the Outcome document of the Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics and the Dhaka Declaration, the Expert Group adopted the Bali Statement as input into the HLP meeting process.

Tuesday
Mar262013

Global Civil Society Forum Communiqué 

The Communiqué for the Global CSO Forum that met on 23-24 March in Bali includes several reference to sexual and reproductive health and rights, in addition to the references in the other outcome documents that have also gone forward to the High Level Saturday and Sunday, (See previous postings) thanks to the  collective efforts of APA, ASTRA, ARROW, DAWN, IPPF and IWHC, as well as other organizations. The Civil Society Communiqué was presented in the morning plenary at the HLP meeting on 25 March. 

“It states that gender equality must be central - including addressing violence against women and girls with and without disabilities, and guaranteeing sexual and reproductive health and rights. And thatgovernance starts at home, with women making decisions over their ownbodies, sexualities  and lives - sexual and reproductive rights arefundamental and must be guaranteed, while laws and policies that discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity must be repealed.”

Tuesday
Mar262013

Youth Multi-Stakeholders Meeting Communique

The Youth Multi-stakeholders Meeting in Bali, organized by Indonesian Future Leaders, ARROW and other partners including the YC. Representatives of many organizations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights were present such as IPPF, YPEER, CHOICE, China Youth Network, IWHC, Youth LEAD, Ugandan Young Positives, ARROW and of course Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, provided one of the last few opportunities for young activists to make their voices heard before the report of the HLP is launched.  

As can be seen in the Communique from the meeting, participants in the meeting called the inclusion of comprehensive sexuality education and services for sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Monday
Mar252013

High Level Panel meets in Bali  

The fourth meeting of the High Level Panel (HLP) is taking place in Bali, Indonesia.

25 March 2013 was the Stakeholder Outreach Day with a series of meetings involving civil society, youth, academia, the private sector, parliamentarians and other elected representatives, as well as global and regional governance institutions. Civil society interaction with the High Level Panel was through the Civil Society Roundtables coordinated through the Asia Working Group, a broad network of national, regional and international organizations and the Stakeholder Town Hall Meeting, which also involved the Stakeholder Groups.

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Monday
Mar182013

UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held its first meeting on 14 -15 March 2013. It was called for in Future We Want, the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) to establish ‘an inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process’, open to all stakeholders to develop global SDGs. The Group will report to the General Assembly’s 68th session.

 

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Monday
Mar182013

UN Commission on the Status of Women adopts Agreed Conclusions on Violence Against Women

After long and hard negotiations, on Friday 15 March the UN Commission on the Status of Women at its 57th Session adopted its Agreed Conclusions on Violence against Women. After the previous failure to get Agreed Conclusions on this critically important subject and also the failure to get Agreed Conclusions on the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges in 2012, this was in itself a major achievement. Such Agreed Conclusions, however, were only reached because key concerns including prostitution, sexual orientation and intimate partner relations were set aside.

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Sunday
Mar172013

Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 12-13 March 2013

The Thematic Consultation Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics was convened from 12-13 March 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Attended by over 100 participants including over 50 government representatives, it focused on four mega-trends: high fertility and population growth; low fertility and population aging; migration and human mobility; and urbanization.

Six working sessions were held: On the first day, there were sessions on high fertility, population growth and large youth populations; and international migration and human mobility. On the second day, there were sessions on urbanization, cities and sustainable development; population aging and population decline; and the way forward for national, regional and global level action.

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