Sexual and reproductive health and rights are key to global development: The case for ramping up investment

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Guttmacher Institute
2015
7 p.
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Policy Review Winter 2015, 18 (1)

Over the last three years, the international community of civil society advocates, policymakers, donors and multilateral agencies has devoted enormous resources to negotiate and shape a new global development agenda for adoption at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in September 2015. This post-2015 development
framework will build on the Millennium Development Goals, the current UN roadmap for tackling the world’s problems related to poverty, development and sustainability set to expire later this year. In particular, the post-2015 framework will set forth a series of goals and targets on a range of issues critical to global development and environmental
sustainability, likely including health, education, gender equality, protection and management of environmental resources, poverty, hunger and others. As such, its impact will be felt on development funding and programming for the next 15 years through its influence on national and donor priorities for the allocation of resources. Delegates participating in the intergovernmental negotiations thus far have identified universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services and the fulfillment of reproductive rights as interventions integral to overall development goals related to ensuring healthy lives and achieving gender equality. This political support for sexual and reproductive health and rights is both sensible and strategic, given that the evidence shows that these investments are among the most effective in development.

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