Priorities for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Pacific and Asia
Nossal Institute joined representatives from the International Consortium for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ICSRHR) to brief Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNFPA delegates and Australian parliamentarians in Canberra. The briefing covered priorities for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Pacific and Asia.
The UNFPA delegation visited Canberra on 12th September 2019 for the Australian launch of the 2019 State of the World Population – Unfinished Business Report and met with Foreign Minister Marise Payne to discuss priorities for the upcoming Nairobi Summit for the International Conference on Population and Development 25 years on, which will be held on 12-14 November 2019.
Dr Kanem also presented the 2019 Mitchell Oration on the subject of "Unfinished business: the pursuit of rights and choices for all”. Dr Kanem discussed the remarkable gains in sexual and reproductive health and rights since 1969, the year of UNFPA's creation, and pointed out the remaining economic, social, institutional and other barriers that prevent women, girls and young people from making their own decisions and fulfilling their potential.
The Nossal Institute for Global Health joined the International Consortium for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ICSRHR) in 2018. The consortium comprises 11 INGOs and Academic Institutes and draws on collective experience and complementary expertise to advocate for universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. The ICSRHR has provided technical and advisory support to DFAT and the Australian Parliamentary Group for Population and Development since 2012, on a range of SRHR matters in foreign policy and development.