September 2015




A Special Issue on Agenda 2030

APA is pleased to join civil society and other stakeholders in welcoming today the adoption of Agenda 2030 with 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. We celebrate this momentous achievement that is the culmination of years of advocacy work, and which has resulted in 2 targets (3.7 and 5.6) addressing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and reproductive rights (RR). As we move forward, APA believes that it is critical to put in place robust, transparent and participatory follow-up and review processes at national, regional and global levels. We all need to work together to hold key actors accountable for fulfilling their commitments, especially those linked to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality.


FP NZ: Seeking Participants for ‘Voices from the Pacific’ Video

Family Planning New Zealand (FP NZ) is seeking submissions for their ‘Voices from the Pacific’ video, to illustrate what we want the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve for SRHR. It aims to be a tool for organizations to advocate for increased prioritization of SRHR by governments and regional donors, and the initiative is part of the APA Advocacy Grants Program. The deadline for video submissions is 4 October. Read more here.

YC: Youth Statement on Agenda 2030

A statement released by Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YC) and partners emphasizes the integral role that youth will play in realizing the ambitious goals and objectives set out by this bold agenda. The statement stresses that of particular importance young people is the field of SRHR, and the need for an approach that protects, respects, and promotes young people’s human rights on all levels. Read more here.

PAI: How do Women Fare in Agenda 2030?

After the release of Agenda 2030, Population Action International (PAI) is asking how do women fare? This article explains that 2030 Agenda is divided into five sections, with SRH and RR mentioned in four of the five sections, and gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and girls are mainstreamed throughout. Read the Blog here.

Pathfinder: US Government Officially Recognizes Sexual Rights

Sexual rights are one of the biggest gaps in Agenda 2030, which only recognizes SRH and RR. Pathfinder shares that the US Government has just acknowledged that it will recognize sexual rights in discussions on development and human rights, which is a step forward to ensuring that no one is left behind. Read more here.


Thailand: Second IEAG Meeting

The second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators will be held on 26-28 October and hosted by the UNESCAP in Bangkok, organized by UN DESA's Statistics Division. Read more and find the draft Agenda here.

Thailand: Fifteenth APBF Meeting

The fifteenth Asia Pacific Business Forum (APBF), "Driving growth and Sustainability through Business" aims to identify the challenges and discover the most promising opportunities for enhancing regional business connectivity, investment and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular within the context of achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development in the region. Organized by ESCAP and partners, the APBF takes place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 2-3 November. Read more here


The Adoption of Agenda 2030 and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

As world leaders gather in to adopt Agenda 2030 at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York on 25 September, you can watch the action live here. The full text of “Transforming our World: Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” is available here, and more information about the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development is available here.

Health and Human Rights Journal: Series on SDGs, Human Rights and the Right to Health

A new series of blogs in the Health and Human Rights Journal is exploring what the SDGs might mean for health and human rights. Contributors have looked at whether the SDGs will enhance people’s right to health and how the pursuit of SDGs could advance human dignity and the right to health. Their responses are complementary and contrasting. They identify difficulties and opportunities. As health and human rights advocates and scholars, contributors have analyzed the issues and identified essential actions to operationalize human rights in the next stages, including the deliberation on indicators, prioritizing actions, planning, resourcing, implementation, follow-up and review. Access the series here.

Projecting Progress: Reaching the SDGs by 2030

This resource offers a first systematic attempt to project progress across the full SDG agenda, showing where – if current trends continue – the world will be in 15 years’ time. The findings serve as a wake-up call on just how much more effort will be needed to reach the new goals. Gathering together the best available projections, a ‘scorecard’ against 17 targets is provided, which shows that, without increased effort, none of the goals and examined targets will be met. The scorecard reveals how much faster progress will need to be, classing targets as needing ‘reform’, ‘revolution’ and ‘reversal’. Read more here.

Women’s Access to Safe Abortion in Agenda 2030

Advancing women’s access to safe and legal abortion is a priority for women’s reproductive health and rights, in accordance with the new Global Goals on Sustainable Development focused on health and gender equality. This new briefing paper by IPAS presents the Global Goals and targets whose achievement depends on safe and legal abortion and recommends minimum indicators for measuring global progress on abortion access. Read more here

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