Reproductive rights are a win-win, says PCCA to the Rio20 2nd Intesessional

December 16, 2011


The Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA) has an article in the stakeholder magazine Outreach, published at the Rio+20 2nd intersessional meeting taking place 15-16 December, calling for a key focus on population and reproductive rights on the Rio+20 agenda.

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Rio+20 2nd Intesessional

The second Intersessional Rio+20 Meeting is taking place at the UN this week, with discussion taking place between governments and stakeholders on the content, format and structure of the Rio+20 outcome document, in preparation for the drafting of the first negotiation text.

In an article featured in the edition of Outreach magazine produced for day two of the intersessional meeting, PSN's Sarah Fisher draws on the key arguments and recommendations of the PCCA’s submission to the Rio+20 zero draft, arguing that a focus on population dynamics and reproductive health is a "win-win approach for women and sustainability".

Advancing Reproductive rights: a win-win approach

Population dynamics and particularly world population growth were identified by the 1992 Earth Summit as pivotal to environmental sustainability, and Agenda 21 responded by setting out the urgent need to increase access to reproductive health programmes. These issues are now more critical than ever, yet since the first Rio conference they have commanded little attention as part of the sustainable development agenda.

Responding to this situation, the article shared the key points of the PCCA’s zero draft submission, highlighting that investment in voluntary reproductive health services would achieve universal reproductive health and increased access to services facilitating reproductive choice, at the same time as easing population pressures and contributing to environmental sustainability. Addressing the unmet need for family planning also offers the opportunity to advance other aspects of the neglected social pillar of sustainable development, contributing to health, poverty alleviation, gender equality and other important factors for sustainable development and a green and fair economy.

Focusing on this approach, the PCCA's zero draft submission sets out a number of recommendations for Rio+20 outcomes, arguing that;

"Recognizing the links between population dynamics and sustainable development, governments should ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, empowerment of women, and investment in education, particularly of disadvantaged children and youth, and girls and young women, with programmes that respect and protect human rights."

About Outreach

Outreach is a multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development produced by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.

Outreach has been produced at various international meetings on the environment, the most recent being the COP17 Climate Change Summit, and the Rio+20 2nd Intersessional Meeting taking place this week.

Acting as a conduit for the multifarious opinions of stakeholders, Outreach aims to empower stakeholders and provide space for debates and discourses on topics being negotiated at intergovernmental meetings. Published as a daily edition, Outreach provides a vehicle for the voices of regional and local governments, women, indigenous peoples, trade unions, industry, youth and NGOs. Outreach is distributed daily as a hard copy magazine to attendees and as a daily html email to a range of list servers to reach stakeholders not in attendance.

Read the article: Advancing reproductive rights: a win-win for women and sustainability. The Outreach magazine is available online.