Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Must Be ‘At The Heart Of’ Development Framework

Huffington Post: An Unfinished Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century
Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique, and Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland, and both co-chairs of the ICPD High-Level Task Force

“World leaders will descend on United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 September to commemorate 20 years since the adoption of a landmark agreement known as the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The ICPD transformed the world’s thinking about sustainable development, shifting the concern from population growth and numbers to placing human rights at the center of policymaking — in particular the fundamental rights and freedoms of women and girls to have control over their sexual and reproductive lives. … We must turn the forward-looking ICPD agenda into reality. And now as the international community defines the next global framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals, decision-makers must also seize this historic moment to ensure that all human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, are at the heart of it” (9/17).