Sexual and reproductive health

Advocacy and high-level events


137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly: Decision makers work to improve health and well-being

14-17 October 2017 | The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly brought together parliamentarians and decision makers from around the globe to discuss and make progress on the world’s most pressing issues. WHO representatives attended the 137th Assembly, one of the best attended IPU Assembly, with Speakers of Parliament from more than 100 countries, and delegates from more than 150, to highlight the importance of ensuring health, and in particular sexual and reproductive health and rights, of all people worldwide with a particular focus on women, children and adolescents.

Leading the realization of human rights to health and through health

22 May 2017 | Geneva. At a high-level side event, the Report of the High-Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was officially handed over to WHO’s Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. The High-Level Working Group on Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was established in May 2016 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to secure political support, both nationally and internationally, for the implementation of the human rights-related measures required by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at WHO’s 70th World Health Assembly

22 May 2017 – The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO and meets annually in Geneva. This year’s meeting will take place from 22-31 May 2017, and will be attended by delegations from all its Member States. Attended by delegations from all Member States, the Health Assembly determines organizational policies and approves the proposed programme budget. This year Member States will elect a new Director-General on 23 May.

A world on the move: challenges to sexual and reproductive health and rights

4-5 May 2017 | Rome, Italy. Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General, and Ian Askew, Director of WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research represented WHO at an international parliamentarians’ conference to highlight the crucial importance of promoting and protecting the sexual and reproductive health needs and human rights of girls and women who are displaced.

WHO attends the 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

WHO representatives joined parliamentarians from across the world at the 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly for discussions under the theme ‘redressing inequalities: delivering on dignity and well-being for all’. WHO’s presence at the Assembly acknowledges the unique position held by parliamentarians

Sexual and reproductive health and rights at the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women

13 March 2017: New York, USA The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The sixty-first session of the Commission takes place at the UN Headquarters in New York, and runs from the 13th to 24th March 2017.

Landmark working group on the health and human rights of women, children and adolescents meets in Geneva

13 February 2017 | Geneva. A group of champions and experts met in Geneva last week to reaffirm the urgency of putting human rights at the heart of global efforts to improve the health of women, children and adolescents – including the poorest, and those living in conflict zones and as refugees.

Working together to address HIV prevention in eastern and southern Africa

1-3 February 2017: Windhoek, Namibia | A three-day consultation, co-convened by WHO, HRP, UNAIDS, USAID and PEPFAR and hosted by the Ministry of Health took place to consider how to move forward on the issue of HIV prevention for adolescent girls and young women in the context of and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The event was attended by over 180 participants representing ministries of health, civil societies, donors and UN agencies from 12 countries from eastern and southern Africa. The First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos, as well as the Minister of Health and Social services, Dr Bernard Haufiku, were strong leaders of the meeting and played an influential role on the discussions.

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