PSDA seminar looks towards 2015 and the sustainable development goals

3 December 2012

Last week the PCCA, now known as the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA), held a seminar examining possibilities for integrating focus on population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights into the Sustainable Development Goals and post-2015 international development agenda.

Looking towards 2015

Building on the alliance's work to ensure a focus on population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) at this year's Rio+20 sustainable development summit, the seminar brought together over twenty representatives from a range of international civil society organisations.

The seminar Looking towards 2015; getting RHR and population dynamics integrated into the SDGs and post-2015 agenda was held in Copenhagen on 29 November, hosted by the Danish Family Planning Association.

The purpose of the meeting was to update SRHR advocates on developments in and after the Rio+20 meeting and how these will influence the post 2015 agenda and provide a space for joint reflection on how to maximise our influence on the Sustainable Development Goals, which governments at Rio+20 committed to develop.

Programme for the day

After a welcome and introduction by founding members of the alliance Tania Dethlefsen of DFPA and Karen Newman of PSN, an interactive panel discussion was held with the alliance’s Southern partners.

Negash Teklu of PHE Ethiopia Consortium, Joan Castro of Path Foundation Philippines and Vik Mohan of Blue Ventures Madagascar shared their experiences of integrating population dynamics, SRHR and sustainable development in Ethiopia, the Philippines and Madagascar, providing an inspiring start to the day with practical examples of how Population, Health and Enviroment approaches work on the ground.

In the next session alliance member Doris Mopoumou of IPPF WHR provided an overview of population dynamics, SRHR and gender equality in the Rio+20 outcome document, followed by a presentation by Maja Mortensen of the Danish UN Mission sharing updates and perspectives on the SDGs from the Danish government's perspective.

In the afternoon, Michael Hermann of UNFPA gave an update on the UNFPA thematic consultation on population dynamics in the post-2015 agenda, providing opportunities for participants to ask questions and input. Sascha Gabizon of WECF then shared perspectives from the Rio+20 Women’s Major Group on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through the Rio+20 and post-2015 processes.

In the final session alliance members Mette Kirstine Schmidt of DFPA, Roger-Mark De Souza of PAI and Sarah Fisher of PSN presented the alliance's ideas for ways of linking population dynamics and SRHR to some of the likely SDG themes and goals, facilitating wider discussion and strategising by participants.

PCCA becomes PSDA

The following day alliance members convened for an internal strategy meeting for members of the alliance, to help position and strengthen the alliance to continue to influence the emerging post-2015 international development agenda.

As part of that work, the decision was taken by members to rename the alliance the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA).  We believe this name better reflects our more recent focus and will serve us well for our advocacy to promote a strong focus on SRHR and population dynamics in post-2015 development framework.

There was strong consensus at the seminar about both the opportunities to address population and SRHR issues in the SDG and post-2015 processes, and the challenges of doing so.

With both processes moving very quickly and somewhat sporadically, greater participation and collaboration by the SRHR community will be vital if we are to succeed in securing the focus on population dynamics and SRHR that is so necessary for the achievement of sustainable development.

For further information about the alliance please contact Sarah Fisher at PSN, the Secretariat of the alliance.

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