PSN provides evidence to UK Parliament on Population Dynamics and Sustainable DevelopmentDecember 16, 2014
PSN and the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance have made a joint submission to UK parliamentary hearings on Population Dynamics and Post-2015, advocating the importance of a focus on population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights for achieving sustainable development within the next international development agenda.
World leaders are likely to adopt a ‘sustainable development’ agenda in New York in September 2015. The resulting goals, targets and indicators will be widely used to guide funding and programmes for global sustainable development.
With this in mind the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Population, Development and Reproductive Health launched parliamentary hearings on population dynamics in the post-2015 development agenda, with a call for written submissions of evidence and policy recommendations.
The submission advocates the importance of a focus on population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights and explores the links between these issues, with a particular focus on the enquiry topics of urbanization, migration, climate change and conflict.
Case studies from Madagascar and Malawi are presented by Blue Ventures and LEAD, sharing reflections from their work about the potential to advance sustainable development through the use of integrated Population Health Environment Approaches which combining reproductive health services with environmental and other initiatives.
A number of policy recommendations are made to support parliamentarians and governments to advocate for a rights-based focus on population dynamics and prioritisation of family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights in negotiations for the Post-2015 agenda.