Today at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development participants at the summit came together at a side-event of the Population and Climate Change Alliance to discuss a controversial but critical debate for Rio+20 and beyond.
Population, rights and sustainability: Voices from the Global South examined the importance of a focus on reproductive rights and population dynamics at Rio+20 and beyond, if we want a sustainable future for people and the planet.
Chaired by Tania Dethlefsen of the Danish Family Planning Association, one of the founding mothers of the Population and Climate Change Alliance, the interactive panel debate brought together members of the alliance to discuss how addressing women’s reproductive and sexual rights at national and community levels is a win-win approach, for women and sustainable development.
After introductions from Tania, Carmen Barroso, Regional Director for IPPF Western Hemisphere Region, provided a contextual overview for the debate, addressing the controversies and sensitivities which must be overcome in order to ensure that population and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues are recognised as critical to sustainable development.
An interactive panel debate then took place with Mialy Andriamahefazafy of Blue Ventures Madagascar, Joan Castro of Path Foundation Philippines Inc. , and Negash Teklu of PHE Ethiopia Consortium sharing experiences from their own countries of integrating family planning with other sustainable development programmes.
Lively debate and discussion ensued with comments and questions from the audience on a variety of topics, ranging from the implications of the Vatican’s privileged observer status at the UN, to strategies the SRHR community must use to ensure that in the post-2015 international development agenda sexual and reproductive health and rights are explicitly and visibly recognized as a core element of the foundation upon which the world's efforts to secure sustainable development for all can be realized.
PCCA members from the Global South shared the following recommendations for others interested in undertaking integrated Population, Health and Environment approaches:
The event was held by PCCA with the support of the following co-organising organisations: Blue Ventures Madagascar, Marie Stopes International (MSI), PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PFPI), Population Action International (PAI)
Population Health Environment (PHE) Ethiopia Consortium, Population and Sustainability Network (PSN), Sex og Samfund (Danish Family Planning Association) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
PCCA is also associated with a number of other Rio+20 side-events.
Yesterday alliance member Doris Mpoumou of IPPF WHR made a presentation at the PAI side-event From Rio to Cairo to Rio… and Beyond, sharing the alliances perspectives of integrating population dynamics and SRHR into the Rio+20 and post-2015 processes.
Tomorrow at PAI’s Healthy Women, Healthy Planet: Women’s Empowerment, Reproductive Health and Climate Change side-event the alliance's Southern member organisations Blue Ventures Madagascar, PFPI and PHE Ethiopia Consortium will be discussing their integrated Population, Health and Environment programmes.
On 22 June a high-profile IPPF side-event Dynamics of Rio: Population, Women and Rights will bring together the governments of Denmark, Brazil and South Africa.
Earlier at the summit, PCCA member Negash Teklu of PHE Ethiopia Consortium spoke at the side-event Climate change and sustainable development in Ethiopia.
To stay up to date and share infomation about the latest Rio+20 developments relating to population and SRHR issues you could join the PCCA Rio+20 egroup. Contact Sarah Fisher if you are interested in joining.
For further information about the alliance and our calls for Rio+20, the PCCA’s leaflet Why talk about population and reproductive rights at Rio+20? is available to download below.
Author(s) Population and Climate Change Alliance
A leaflet for Rio+20 from the Population and Climate Change Alliance.