PCCA calls for a focus on population and reproductive rights at Rio20November 2, 2011
PSN and the Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA) has submitted an input to the Rio+20 zero draft endorsed by over 30 organisations, calling for renewed-attention to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of sustainable development approaches.
Rio+20: opportunities for advancing reproductive rights
In June next year world leaders will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) 'Rio+20', the twenty-year follow-up to the 1992 'Rio Earth Summit'. The objective of the conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess progress in implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.
In preparation for the summit, the UN recently invited stakeholders to provide input and contributions to a zero draft of the outcome document for the summit.
The Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA) submitted a response to this consultation, focusing on the linkages between population dynamics and sustainable development. The contribution argues that advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is essential for achieving sustainable development, and seeks to bring to the attention of the summit the substantial opportunities that exist to advance a wide-range of sustainable development goals, by meeting the need for sexual and reproductive health programmes that respect and protect human rights.
Key messages and recommendations
In the submission the PCCA sets out the following key messages and recommendations for Rio+20 outcomes:
About the PCCA
The Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA) is a network of non-profit organisations that works together on population and climate change issues through a loose umbrella coalition. PCCA strives to advance SRHR through active awareness-raising and advocacy work on the linkages between population and climate change, and believes that increasing (universal) access to voluntary family planning can make a significant contribution to climate change both in adaptation and mitigation strategies and programmes.
Population and Sustainability Network is the Secretariat of the PCCA.
Far-reaching support for the submission
The PCCA was delighted that over 30 organisations from across the world, including PCCA members and others, signed-on to our Rio+20 submission.
The PCCA includes the following organisations:
The following additional organisations were signatories to the submission:
The PCCA is grateful to these organisations for their support for our submission and will continue to monitor developments relating to the summit, and to work to ensure that sufficient attention is awarded at the summit to the significance of population dynamics and reproductive health and rights.Read the submission
You can read the PCCA's Rio+20 submission on the UNCSD website