International Planned Parenthood Federation
We 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.
We welcome the “Reproductive, maternal, child health, and nutrition” section, but regret that a link and integrated approach with goal 5, specifically targets on discrimination, violence against women, harmful practices and universal access to SRH&RR, is neglected again.
These are issues strongly related to poorer health outcomes and must be addressed. 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.
We urge WHO 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 would like more information on WHO’s initiatives to address the SDGs, such as the Global Strategy for Women’s, children’s and Adolescent’s Health or the inter-agency networks and committees on gender equity and human rights.
We welcome WHO’s role in supporting Member States in defining national plans for health and developed strategies to advance UHC. It would be important to have more information on the accountability of these plans and the role of other UN organizations and CSOs in their development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
We call on WHO, together with UNFPA to ensure that the ICPD Agenda are meaningfully integrated into the SDGs, including implementation, monitoring and accountability.