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Voices Of Women, Youth Must Be Included In Post-2015 Development Goals

Noting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Politics” blog that “leaders and advocates from across the [U.S. are speaking] up to ensure that the health and rights of women and young people take center stage in the setting of new goals.” She highlights comments made at several events nationwide during which people were able “to weigh in on what issues the U.N. and all nations should prioritize to improve the state of our health, lives, and planet.” She concludes, “We must [continue to] make our voices heard to ensure that the health and rights of women and young people get the focus they deserve, at home and abroad, as the global community decides how best to allocate attention and resources” (12/12).