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Countries called on to reaffirm commitment to ICPD agenda

  • Stevie Emilia and Rita Widiadana

    Jakarta/Denpasar

Jakarta/Denpasar   /   Wed, July 22 2020   /  01:00 am
Hear me out: A mural created by Maia Bobo in partnership with TackleAfrica, Burkina Faso.(Courtesy of UNFPA/State of World Population 2020)

Just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic began wreaking havoc, leaders from across the globe, including Indonesia, reaffirmed their commitment to advancing the sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of their people. The commitments were made during the 25th anniversary of the landmark Program of Action of the International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD) in Nairobi in November 2019. “I was present at the ICPD 1994 in Cairo to witness 179 member states agree upon the landmark ICPD Program of Action that, for the first time, put individual rights and choices – with special emphasis on sexual reproductive health and rights and choices – at the heart of sustainable development,” said Bjorn Andersson, director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the Asia-Pacific region during a virtual conference on July 9. The virtual...