On April 7 the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), a global body devoted to population, development, and health, concluded its 50th session, failing to adopt a consensus resolution.CPD resolutions are used to ensure gender equality, women’s empowerment, and universal access to sexual and reproductive health care in nations around the world.
Statement from Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global:
“I am disappointed the CPD concluded without the adoption of a consensus resolution. As the world’s nations have affirmed since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, women, men and young people worldwide universally deserve information and services to control their bodies and futures. This failure to reach consensus is especially striking as it comes alongside a sharp decline in U.S. support for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Just last week the U.S. took action to withhold funding for UNFPA, the UN agency tasked with working with countries to deliver on these commitments. The important discussions and principles pursued through the CPD process are undermined by the appalling decision by the U.S. the same week to defund UNFPA.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With over 650 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
For over 40 years Planned Parenthood Federation of America has supported access to sexual and reproductive health care and advocated for reproductive rights around the world through our international arm, Planned Parenthood Global. In partnership with more than 50 organizations across 12 focus countries in Africa and Latin America, we advance the health and rights of young people, women and families, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved. Last year, our partners reached over a million people with sexual and reproductive health information and services provided by our partners. Our unique sustainability model sets us apart, as we empower partners to stand on their own. We help grassroots organizations develop solid reproductive health programs, identify other sources of funding, build their communications and advocacy skills, and develop strategic plans.
April 10, 2017