Sustainable Development and Post-2015

Sustainable Development and Post-2015 Programme

PSN’s Sustainable Development and Post-2015 programme focuses on advocacy and research initiatives to increase awareness of the significance of population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for the achievement of sustainable development.

Previously the programme has explored the contribution that addressing unmet need for contraception can play in advancing progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including gender equality (MDG 3), maternal and child health (MDG 5, MDG 4) and environmental sustainability (MDG 7), as well as additional development priorities, such as climate change and fragile states.

Looking to 2015, we are working to ensure that addressing population dynamics in ways that respect and protect human rights, including through the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights, is part of the next international development agenda.

Population, reproductive health and development links

An estimated 225 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for modern contraception. Addressing this unmet need would prevent unplanned pregnancies and reduce population pressures, while reducing the costs of meeting the MDGs and supporting progress towards other key development priorities.

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For every dollar spent in family planning it is estimated that up to six US dollars can be saved in interventions aimed at achieving other development goals.

By increasing awareness of these links and the wide-ranging benefits and cost-saving effects of family planning, PSN seeks to increase investment in family planning and sexual reproductive health services that respect and protect rights, as part of wider development programmes.

Looking to post-2015

As the international community begins to look beyond 2015, PSN has been working to ensure that both population and sustainability factors are a key component of the new emerging international development framework, including programmes to achieve universal access to reproductive health. This work has included advocating a focus on population dynamics and reproductive health and rights as part of the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance at Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.

PSN is a member of the global civil society campaign Beyond2015 and is working with a range of civil society organisations to ensure that our key issues are identified as priorities within the new international development paradigm.

Research and publication highlights

References for this section are provided in Rationale: Benefits and cost-saving effects of family planning.