International Planned Parenthood Federation

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
11.4 Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Mr. Chairman,

On behalf of IPPF, we would like to welcome the leading role played by WHO in the implementation of health and related aspects of the 2030 Agenda, their commitment and strategic direction towards its full implementation as demonstrated in its PoW.

Although a new section on “Reproductive, maternal, child health, and nutrition” is included, the report fails to demonstrate the interlinkages with the Gender Equality goal, specifically targets on discrimination, violence against women, harmful practices and universal access to SRH&RR.

These are issues strongly related to poorer health outcomes and cannot be continued addressed in silos. Many of the SDGs cannot be achieved if women continue not having their sexual and reproductive rights fulfilled and access to information and means to do so. Health programmes must address these matters in a multisectoral approach, so that other health targets, like UHC, the elimination of HIV, or the reduction in maternal mortality can be achieved.

In this regard, we urge all Governments to recognize SRHR as a key component of UHC as they are at the core of the right to health, sustainable development and a precondition for gender equality and non-discrimination. Without fulfilling SRHR certainly millions of people will be left behind and UHC will be nothing more than an ideal.
We call on WHO, together with UNFPA and UN Women to ensure that the ICPD and Beijing Agendas are meaningfully integrated into the SDGs, including implementation, monitoring and accountability.