Finally, a final draft

So it seems that after running nearly 6 weeks over the end of July deadline, the Final Draft of MDG Summit Outcome Document has been agreed

From what we hear the Outcome Document is likely to be adopted by Heads of State on Day 1 of the MDG Summit (20 Sept). The final document – if that is what this is – is 27 pages long (a lot longer than Member States had initially hoped for) and the section on MDG5 doesn’t start until page 19.

As you can see from the section below, the language is not particularly progressive and there is no mention anywhere in the document of the importance of access to safe abortion. However, while the language in the MDG 5 section may not be as progressive as had been hoped, it is certainly a lot better than it could have been, especially when consideration is given to the contentious debates about including references to family planning in the final text.

It’s also good to see that there is specific reference to MDG5b – universal access to reproductive health – an advocacy expected result of the “MDG 5b campaign”. Congratulations to all involved. By the way, the words AGREED AD REF – means loosely agreed, subject to reference


65. We commit to accelerate progress in order to achieve MDG 5, including through: AGREED AD REF          

ao. Taking steps to realize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including sexual and reproductive health. AGREED AD REF

a. Addressing reproductive, maternal and child, including newborn, health in a comprehensive manner, inter alia through the provision of family planning prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth, emergency obstetric and newborn care, and the prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases and infections, such as HIV, in strengthened health systems that provide accessible and affordable integrated healthcare services and include community-based preventive and clinical care. AGREED AD REF

b. Building on effective, multisectoral and integrated approaches, we emphasize the need for the provision of universal access to reproductive health by 2015, including, integrating family planning, sexual health and health-care services in national strategies and programmes. AGREED AD REF

c. Taking action at all levels to address the interlinked root causes of maternal mortality and morbidity such as poverty, malnutrition, harmful practices, lack of accessible and appropriate healthcare services, information and education, gender inequality and paying particular attention to eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. AGREED AD REF

d. Ensuring that all women, men and young people have information about and access to the widest possible range of safe, effective, affordable, and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice.  AGREED AD REF

e. Expanding the provision of comprehensive obstetric care and strengthening the role of skilled health care providers, including midwives and nurses, through training and retaining so as to fully utilize their potential as trusted providers of maternal healthcare services as well as family planning within local communities and expanding and upgrading formal and informal training in sexual and reproductive health care and family planning for all healthcare providers, health educators and managers, including training inter-personal communications and counselling. AGREED AD REF

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