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Published on Friday, 20 February 2015 09:24

APA UPDATE #03 February 2015


E-NEWS AND INFORMATION ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

FROM THE SECRETARIAT

Post-2015: CSOs Call for No Target to be Met Unless it is Met for All

Inequalities are not an inevitable outcome of development progress; no one must be left behind by virtue of their gender, age, disability, income, geography or ethnicity. APA has joined 282 networks – representing over 3,200 organisations worldwide – to urge UN member states to ensure that the Declaration of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda includes an explicit reference to the criterion that “no target should be considered met unless it is met for all social and economic groups”. Read the CS Statement here.

FROM THE MEMBERS

AFPPD: Secretary General Leads Talks on Reproductive Health Protection Bill in Thailand

A seminar focusing on addressing teen pregnancy rates and reproductive health in Thailand was organized by AFPPD in cooperation with the Committee on Public Health of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Thailand, and partners, on 3 February. One of the objectives of the meeting was submission of a draft Reproductive Health Protection Bill. The Secretary General of AFPPD, Dr. Jetn Siratharanon, and Chair of NLA public health committee, emphasized that everybody, including teenagers, has the right to receive sexual and reproductive health care. Read more here.

PAI: Infographic on the Helm’s Amendment Prevents Women from Accessing RH Services

Check out Population Action International’s latest infographic to learn how the Helms Amendment, which makes no exceptions for funding overseas abortion services, prevents women from accessing the safe reproductive health services they need. Every woman should have access to safe, affordable abortion care, but the United States government imposes numerous restrictions on funding for abortion services. Access the infographic here

FOCUS ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Don't Leave Communities Behind: CS Perspectives on Achieving Universal Access

This report shares civil society perspectives on progress in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in Asia and the Pacific. The CS responses were gathered in a survey prepared (in parallel with a government survey), ahead of the UNESCAP Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) on HIV/AIDS, held in Bangkok on 28-30 January. Access the report here

Regional Beijing +20 Review Report

The report from the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 17-20 November 2014 is now available. Convened by UN ESCAP in cooperation with UN Women, the “Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” was an outcome. Access the report here.

GLOBAL NEWS, UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Global Policy Watch: Promoting Transparency in the Post-2015 and Financing for Development Process

This factsheet by the Global Policy Watch lays out the two–track negotiations unfolding at the United Nations from now until September - the post–2015 sustainable development agenda, and financing for development. The issues in each are deeply interlinked, and the success of any new model depends on the outcomes of both. Access the factsheet here.

CSOs Welcome BRICS Summit Outcomes

Civil Society delegations at the BRICS Summit are welcoming the outcome document for its recognition of human rights framework, CSE (in line with national policies), and gender equality. The Second Civil Society Forum on sexual and reproductive health and rights was organized in advance of the Summit on 8-9 February and supported by IPPF, and the BRICS Summit took place from 10-13 February in Brazil. Read the Outcome Document here.

New Resource Mobilization Tool for Accessing EU Donors

DSW has launched a new resource mobilisation e-learning tool. Created as part of DSW’s Euroleverage project, the new tool has been designed to equip and train local civil society organisations in low- and middle-income countries in how to better access EU based funding opportunities. Access the tool here.

Add Your Voice to an E-discussion on the Transition from the MDGs to the SDGs

An e-discussion to engage stakeholders in a global dialogue on specific aspects of the 2015 ECOSOC theme of "Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take" is being held from 17 February - 17 March, organized by UN DESA and UNDP. Access the discussion here.