PAI was proud to join the International Sexual and Reproductive Rights Coalition (ISRRC) and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin to strategize around key international meetings including the Commission on Population and Development, ICPD+20, and Rio +20, as well as recent challenges encountered at the 56th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). No outcome statement was agreed upon at the CSW, and most disappointingly for Coalition advocates, there was no language ensuring women’s access to reproductive health and family planning services.
Coalition members discussed the need to translate the lessons learned from the poor outcome of the CSW to into future gains and stressed the important role of civil society organizations in negotiating more favorable language in other international fora like the Commission on Population and Development.
This year, the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will focus on adolescents and youth. PAI’s Esther Agbarakwe, a youth activist and visiting Atlas Corps Fellow from Nigeria will join the ISRRC delegation to emphasize the importance of youth participation and empowerment.
The focus of CPD is also a priority within UNFPA’s new strategic plan and civil society will have an important role in monitoring progress on priorities, especially MDGs 5A and 5B (reduce the maternal mortality ratio by 75% and achieve universal access to reproductive health) and youth.