November 2013

APA UPDATE #13 November 2013




APA will be at the upcoming 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP11) in Bangkok, and with partners is organizing two satellite sessions, “Addressing intersecting realities of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: looking forward to the post-2015 development agenda” and “Key Affected women and girls (KAWG): Healthcare violations” as well as two sessions in the Women Networking Zone. More details on the sessions of APA and APA members, including dates and times, will follow an upcoming APA Update.

APA at EuroNGOs

APA attended the EuroNGOs meeting “Next Steps: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Post 2015 Agenda” on 24 October in Berlin, Germany, where information on Rio+20, post-MDGs and ICPD Beyond 2014 processes were discussed to promote joint advocacy actions intended at advancing the SRHR agenda beyond UNGA 2013. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and/or resources from the conference.


APA Members at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa

  • Join Pathfinder International at “Strong Systems for Family Planning: Drawing the Community and Health Sectors into a ‘Zone of Interaction,’ on Wednesday, 13 November at 18:00-19:30 in Small Conference Hall 1.
  • Join Population Foundation of India at a Civil Society breakfast meeting on Civil Society and FP2020 Accountability, Wednesday 13 November, 07:00 - 08:20 in the African Union, Caucus Room 12.

Burnet: Funding for HIV Point of Care Tests in PNG and China

Burnet Institute’s Centre for International Health is receiving more than $900,000 to address novel HIV point-of-care (POC) tests and early infant diagnosis in Papua New Guinea and China. This is from its first-ever National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant. Read more here

FPI: Success and Challenges of the MDGs

The latest blog from Family Planning International, “MDG retrospective”, explores the progress that has been made since 2000. There is little doubt that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were a great idea; identifying the world’s most pressing development challenges and collectively pursuing solutions to address them. However, the ‘silo effect’ of the goals has frequently stood in the way of progress, for example on the issue of maternal health. Read more here.

YCSRR: SOGI Resource Map

The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) has launched a Resource Map on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for Young Sexual and Reproductive Rights Activists. The resource map includes an introduction on the importance of LGBTIQ youth advocacy, a list of common abbreviations and links to key publications and reports on SOGI. Access the Resource here.

PAI: Reproductive Health and the World Bank

The latest blog post by Society Forum meetings last week. Read more here.

AFPPD: Young MPs’ Recommendations for Post 2015

At the Second Young Parliamentarians’ Consultation on ICPD and Post 2015 UN Development Agenda organized by Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and partners on 3-4 October in Sri Lanka, young parliamentarians (MPs) formulated a set of recommendations to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people including provision of comprehensive sexuality education, promote gender equality and protection of women and girls against any form of violence, and enhance youth participation and access to decent employment. Read the recommendations here.


Post 2015: UNFPA launches New Advocacy Platform

UNFPA has launched an advocacy platform for the post-2015 development framework “Empowering People to Ensure a Sustainable Future for All”. UNFPA proposals for the future development framework make the case for specifically including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, adolescents and youth needs and rights, and non-discrimination, as critical elements of the post- 2015 development agenda. Access the resource here.

U.N. Security Council: Ensure All Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Options for Women Affected by Conflict

The UN Security Council took action to reaffirm the rights to comprehensive reproductive health services for women living in conflict settings. Resolution 2122 calls on all member states to ensure all sexual and reproductive health care options are given to all women affected by conflict, particularly those impregnated by rape. It builds upon the recently-passed Resolution 2106 that aims to ensure survivors of sexual violence receive comprehensive reproductive health services without discrimination. Access the Resolution here.

CEDAW Committee: Adopts Landmark Document on Women and Conflict

The CEDAW Committee introduced a new general recommendation on women in conflict settings, affirming their right to reproductive health services, including emergency contraception and safe abortion. General Recommendation No 30 gives authoritative guidance to countries that have ratified CEDAW on measures they need to take to ensure women’s rights are protected in conflict prevention, conflict and post conflict situations. Read more here

FP2020: Members of the Market Dynamics Working Group Announced

FP2020 recently announced the members of its fourth and final Market Dynamics Working Group, read more here.. FP2020 also recently launched a new website, with the goal of creating a content hub of all information on family planning. Access the website here.

New Resource: State of the World Population 2013/span>

“Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy”, UNFPA’s The State of World Population 2013, finds that motherhood in childhood is a huge global problem, especially in developing countries, where every year 7.3 million girls under 18 give birth. Of these 7.3 million births, 2 million are to girls 14 or younger, who suffer the gravest long-term health and social consequences from pregnancy, including high rates of maternal death and obstetric fistula. Access the Report here.

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