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APA Secretariat attended the Regional Consultation on Sexuality Education and Gender in Bangkok from July 18-21, a joint effort of UNFPA, UNICEF and UNESCO. The consultation bought together nearly 100 participants from 20 countries in Asia-Pacific and beyond to explore what is known about the most effective approaches to comprehensive sexuality education for young people, and to overcoming programming barriers to reaching adolescent girls. APA will also use this meeting to scale up its resources on Sexuality Education. Access the “School-based Sexuality Education Programmes a Cost and Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Six Countries” here. More resources will be available soon.
APA has created a new Facebook page. You can access the page and “like” APA here. Watch for news on APA events and new developments in SRHR field. You can also “like” APA by clicking on the icon at the bottom right side of APA's homepage.
New Zealand parliamentarian Dr. Jackie Blue was interviewed by Radio NZ following a study tour for parliamentarians, media personnel and NGO representatives in order to better understand the sexual and reproductive health and rights challenges in the Solomon Islands. The tour was organized by Family Planning International and funded through the APA Advocacy Grant Program. Access the interview here.
Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to strengthen and focus its aid efforts on the Asia-Pacific region, with Indonesia and Papua New Guinea remaining the largest programs. Australia is to increase aid to South Asia and Africa following recommendations in the first review of the country's aid policies in 15 years. Read more here.
For any who are attending the HLM on Youth at the UN in New York,USA, please join the Youth Coalition, Advocates for Youth, IPPF, YouAct and UNFPA for the side event, “Realizing Universal Access: Young People are the Key to MDG5b.” The event will take place Tuesday, July 26th from 6:15pm to 7:45pm in Conference Room 5, NLB.
IPPF has produced a new resource, “The scorecard”, for monitoring and evaluating implementation of the World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan 2010–2015. It is aimed at working constructively with the Bank and to support sexual and reproductive health, and to ensure that SRH is mainstreamed in policy, programming and lending. Read more here.
New guidelines on “Female Contraceptive Sterilization” were issued last week by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). These guidelines recognize the long history of forced and coerced sterilization of marginalized women and take a critical step to ending this human rights abuse by providing detailed recommendations for when and how consent to sterilization can be obtained. Access the guidelines here.
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011 was launched in Geneva by the Secretary-General on 7 July. Although significant strides have been made, reaching all the MDGs by 2015 remains challenging because progress has failed to reach the most vulnerable. Findings include that while the demand for family planning will likely increase in line with rising numbers of women and men of reproductive age, funding for such programmes has actually declined over the past decade, to 2.6 percent of total aid for health in 2009.
E-NEWS AND INFORMATION ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
APA is pleased to announce that two of its members have been recommended to the OECD Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF) Core Group to participate at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4). Rose Koenders from APA Secretariat and Susanna Dennis from Population Action International (PAI), with other international delegates, will review the global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid and make new commitments to ensure aid reduces poverty and make lives better.
The 2010 APA Annual Report is now available and is being distributed amongst APA members and supporters. Access the report here.
Raks Thai will be sharing results from its ‘Advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Services for Youth Living with HIV in Northern Thailand’ project, which is funded by APA under the National Advocacy Grants Program, at a meeting taking place on July 30 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Marie Stopes International (MSI) Australia has launched a new brand, Dr. Marie, for their sexual and reproductive healthcare centers in Australia. The aim is to bring sexual and reproductive health higher up in the Australian conscious and into the mainstream, by being a female-friendly, fresh and modern brand.
Dr. Purnima Mane has been chosen as the next president and CEO of Pathfinder International, effective January 1, 2012. A life-long champion of sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights, she brings nearly 30 years of development and managerial experience to Pathfinder. Read more here
Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) Malaysia has produced a new resource ‘Funding for SRHR in Asia & the Pacific’ an Annotated Bibliography 2011, which brings together resources related to funding for development and health in general and sexual and reproductive health and rights with a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Access the report here.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Geneva on June 17. Read more here
The population of the Pacific Islands hit a major milestone this June - 10 million. This number is expected to continue its upward march, reaching 15 million by 2035, meaning increased demand on already stretched transport, energy, health and education infrastructure, not to mention food and water supply, employment opportunities and housing. Read more here.
The first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services and issues “The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives” has been published by UNFPA and partners. The report provides information and data gathered from 58 countries, including several from Asia Pacific. Access the report here.
APA is pleased to announce that the information kit Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health Saves Women’s Lives is available online and in print. The information kit provides evidence for advocacy on Millennium Development Goal 5, sexual and reproductive health and supplies and the funding gap in Asia and the Pacific. The Secretariat would like to especially thank members Family Planning International New Zealand and Burnet Institute for their inputs to the kit. Read the Info Kit here. If you wish to receive a hard copy, contact APA Secretariat.
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