Maria Guerra Arias, March 14, 2013
With the Millennium Development Goals set to expire in 2015, a heated debate is taking place amongst world governments, international and civil society organizations, NGOs and other development stakeholders to set down the global targets, metrics and founding principles that will define the development panorama of post-2015. At ICS Integrare, we have been adding our voice to this ongoing dialogue, with our contribution to the World We Want 2015’s thematic consultation on health. See also Jim Campbell’s correspondence letter in the Lancet.
Today, we are proud to be signatories to the document prepared and submitted by the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) to the High Level Dialogue on health in Botswana (6-7 March 2013), involving governments, NGO coalitions and UN Partners. The statement brings together over 100 civil society organizations and NGOs from across the globe, and calls for progress on the failing health MDGs to be at the forefront of the post-2015 agenda, in particular MDG 5B: universal access to reproductive health.
The document will also be submitted to the meeting of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons for Post 2015 in Bali 25-7 March. The panel will convene to continue their thinking about the post 2015 development framework, prior to the release of their report to the Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon.
Universal Health Coverage is an overarching framework within which this goal can be met, with a view to guaranteeing Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) rights for all, including the poorest and most vulnerable. This is a fundamental part of our mission and vision at ICS Integrare, and we work every day towards making it a reality.