Working hard to get the world we want: sexual and reproductive health and rights after 2015

14 JULY 2014 | GLOBAL

Originally published by Women Deliver
By: Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver

For those who care about maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights – whether advocates, activists, private sector representatives, or policy-makers – we’re approaching a very crucial time in a process that will affect girls and women around the world for decades to come. It’s time to take a deep breath, and to come together for a next-to-final push through this last mile.

This week, negotiations on the future architecture of international development, known as the post-2015 development agenda, are entering a critical phase at the UN. The current global development framework, the Millennium Development Goals, expires at the end of 2015, and the international community has been engaged in a process to develop a new global framework over the last year. This week, the Open Working Group (OWG) for Sustainable Development Goals, a group of 70 countries who have been tasked with developing the sustainable development goals, is convening their last meeting before they hand over their suggestions and report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later in July.