2014 Partners' Forum

30 JUNE - 1 JULY | Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Session 4E: Getting It Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in the Post-2015 Agenda

UN leaders, NGOs, country representative and academic experts met in Johannesburg at the 2014 Partners’ Forum to discuss the importance of sexual reproductive health rights to be part of the post-2015 process. In a panel session “Getting it Right: Securing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Post 2015 Agenda”, speakers were represented from USAID, the World Health Organization, UNFPA, Care International, IPPF and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

The session aimed to demonstrate the need to explicitly include sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including family planning, in the post-2015 agenda. It presented evidence supporting its inclusion, and propose a measure, benchmark, and programmatic recommendations for the agenda that represent the family planning component of SRHR.

There were remarks from Christina Wegs, Senior Advisor for Global Policy and Advocacy, Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health Team, CARE USA. Ms. Wehs delivered an overview on the importance of inclusion of SRHR to the post-2015 agenda. Lale Say of the World Health Organization, discussed the progress in global family planning since 2000, and explored a model human rights framework. Priya Kath, Secretary of the South Asian Regional Youth Network provided a youth perspective, whilst Sennen Hounton of UNFPA, together with Fasli Jalal, Chairperson of National Population and Family Planning Board, Indonesia; provided a country perspectives.

Coupling recent scientific evidence with experience, the panellists leading the discussions at the session presented the need for SRHR to be directly included in the post-2015 agenda from the perspectives of health, equity, human rights, poverty alleviation, gender, and youth. Panellists presented results on progress in expanding access to family planning since 2000 (including since the inclusion of MDG 5B and the launch of the FP2020 global partnership). They highlighted successes, gaps that remain, and the impact of family planning on development and poverty alleviation, especially on improved maternal, newborn, and child health.

Discussions also centred around a human rights framework for ensuring quality provision of contraceptive information and services, and a post-2015 measure and benchmark for monitoring progress of the family planning component of SRHR— at least 75 percent demand for family planning met with modern contraceptive methods in all countries.

“Quality, rights and non-discrimination cannot be captured only by a high- level target. We believe that results are not just a result of increased efforts, but of accountability” said Priya Kath. We need to ensure that local communities are involved. This is our important message: We cannot wait until 2015 to have effective family planning accountability mechanisms in place. We need to demonstrate now that it works.”

Speakers called for a Post- 2015 Family Planning measure, one that measures progress of the percentage demand for family planning satisfied with modern contraceptive. The meeting paid specific attention to enshrining sexual reproductive and health rights within the 2014 Partners Forum Communiqué. These concerns were also represented in comments from the audience, including Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health of South Africa.

The meeting was moderated by Ellen Starbird, Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USIAD.

  1. About the 2014 Partners’ Forum
  2. The 2014 Partners’ Forum begins: Now it is in our hands
  3. Plenary 1: Healthy women and children at the centre of development
  4. Session 1A: “Fast-track” countries share stories of success
  5. Session 1B: Building a Future Where Children Survive and Thrive
  6. Session 1C: Delivering Immunisation Together: Hitting the MDGs and health goals beyond 2015
  7. Session 1D: Every Mother, Every Newborn: Ensuring Quality of Care at Birth
  8. Plenary 2: Health: A model of Accountability for Post-2015
  9. Session 2A: Better data for better policy making, programming and accountability
  10. Session 2B: The Every Woman Every Child health model of accountability in the post 2015 era
  11. Session 2C: Accountability for RMNCH: The African perspective and prospects
  12. Session 2D: Countdown to 2015: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children
  13. Session 2E: Addressing the Nutrition needs in a Post-2015 Agenda
  14. Plenary 3: Equity – leave no one behind
  15. Session 3A: Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality
  16. Session 3B: Bridging the Digital Divide: Making Mobile and ICTs a Reality for All
  17. Session 3C: Integrating services for HIV/AIDS and RMNCH to promote equitable access to quality care for women and children
  18. Session 3D: Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Common Goals, Shared Challenges
  19. Session 3E: Equitable access to quality midwifery
  20. Plenary 4: Leveraging Investments for Health and Sustainable Development
  21. Session 4A: Scaling-up Innovations: New ways of dealing with unfinished business
  22. Session 4B: Investing in Adolescent and Youth as Agents of Change
  23. Session 4C: Mobilization of resources to RMNCH investments for reaching 2035 targets
  24. Session 4E: Getting It Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in the Post-2015 Agenda
  25. Plenary 5: Our Common Vision – Delivering health and development for women and children beyond 2015
  26. Youth engagement at the 2014 Partners' Forum
  27. Private sector leaders reflect on post-2015 priorities and commitments to newborns
  28. World leaders: Women and children must be central to new 2030 global poverty goals