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.