13th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development


Health, Gender, Rights: Moving beyond 2015: Berlin, October 28-29, 2015

PSH’s CEO attended and provided critical input at the 13th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development in Berlin, Germany.

The objective of the 13th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development was to identify the key issues emerging from the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and, looking forward, what this holds for advancing SRHR as a key dimension of international development.

There was a two-part discussion, dedicating the first half-day to taking stock of processes that have led to this point. The second day was dedicated to strategising around how to best use the 2030 agenda, including:

  • Monitoring and accountability mechanisms for advancing SRHR, including the future role of the

  • UN Commissions on the Status of Women (CSW) and on Population and Development (CPD) in this regard.

  • Mechanisms to secure funding for SRHR.

  • Measuring things that matter – identifying key indicators of progress, existing knowledge gaps, and increasing collection of robust data to better understand links between improved SRHR and gender empowerment and equality.

Relevance

The 13th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development provided a uniquely timely and relevant opportunity for stakeholders working on SRHR to take stock of the results of the UN summit on post-2015, assessed whether critical issues mentioned in the Berlin Call to Action were adequately reflected in the 2030 Agenda and identified immediate and longer-term implications for positioning SRHR as a development priority.

Outcomes

The 13th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development made a strategic contribution to global strategising on how to best advance SRHR through the 2030 agenda. This was made possible by capitalising on the opportune timing, strengthening alliances and exchanging strategies between likeminded policymakers, experts, and activists, drawing on current developments in global SRHR policy.

Outcomes included:

  • Greater understanding of the upcoming obstacles and challenges for the advancement of SRHR under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

  • Thorough exploration of how to ensure that issues around SRHR are adequately represented on the forthcoming international agenda;

  • Enhanced exchange, networking and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders from governments, international organisations, implementing agencies, civil society organisations, youth networks and the private sector;

  • Exchange on strategies leading to improved and/or joint recommendations and activities of the participants both on the national, regional and international level in order to achieve a successful implementation of SRHR related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.

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