PSN briefing paper calls for post-2105 focus on population and reproductive rights

November 2, 2012

In advance of the meetings in London this week of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 development agenda, PSN has produced a briefing note setting out key recommendations for the new development framework.


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The High-Level Panel meets in London

This week London has been host to a series of meetings by the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As part of the panel’s visit to London, on Friday a series of engagement events were held offering civil society the opportunity to influence the panel's work, culminating in a 'Civil Society Dialogue' event attended by PSN’s Sarah Fisher.

A recording of the dialogue event is available to view online and further information about consultation opportunities to influence the post-2015 agenda is available on the website The World We Want 2015.

Population and reproductive health: critical issues for post-2015

PSN’s briefing highlights the critical and cross-cutting nature of population and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues for the post-2015 development agenda, and shares key recommendations for how the emerging framework should focus on these issues in ways that respect and protect human rights. Doing so has the potential to drive progress towards a range of development priorities the briefing argues, as well as to reduce the cost of achieving associated goals.

The briefing note provides an overview of the benefits that consideration of population dynamics and advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights will bring for:

  • Health, human rights and equity
  • Education
  • Economic prosperity and poverty alleviation
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Environmental sustainability and climate change
  • Food, water and energy

PSN’s recommendations for post-2015

The following recommendations from PSN are set out in full in the briefing note:

  • The post-2015 development framework should address social inequalities and the drivers of poverty, placing inequalities and human rights at the heart of the agenda with a focus on the most marginalised groups in support of programmes which respect and protect rights.
  • Achievement of universal access to reproductive health and the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment must be prioritised, including access to voluntary family planning services, with the full implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Beijing Platform of Action.
  • There must be a focus on population dynamics in ways that respect and protect human rights, including through the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • The ICPD+14, Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women and Rio+20 processes must be integrated with the post-2015 framework.
  • Gender equity and equality should be mainstreamed into all of the goals.

Read the briefing note: Population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights: Critical cross-cutting issues for the post-2015 development agenda.