Friday, 11 October 2013

African Leaders Reaffirm Commitment To Prioritize Women’s Rights - See more at:

Rising from the just-concluded International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) yesterday, African governments have issued a strong reaffirmation of their common commitment to prioritizing the needs and rights of women, girls and young people.
At the conference which took place in Addis Ababa, the leaders also asserted that safeguarding and promoting these needs and rights is essential to addressing barriers to the region’s economic and social development and to delivering sustainable transformation for the continent’s future.
This Declaration came at the conclusion of the Ministerial Segment of the African Regional Conference on Population and Development, Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: The Future We Want for Africa attended by ministers representing 52 countries.
The event was co-organized by UNECA, UN Economic Council for Africa, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the African Union as part of a UN mandated global review of progress towards the goals set out at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), intended to lead to a new agenda that puts human rights at the heart of development
The declaration sets out a shared platform for action to address gender inequality, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and to prioritize the education, empowerment and economic and social participation of women and young people.
After days of intense discussions, informed by preparatory meetings of technical experts, civil society and youth organizations from across the region, delegates adopted the declaration which will be the region’s input to next year’s UN General Assembly review of the ICPD.
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