Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has estimated that nearly 140 Heads of State will attend the MDG Summit that starts on Monday. This is good news as surely not so many would attend if they believed it was going to be a failure. So let us be highly optimistic (some could say naive) and assume, until we know otherwise of course, that the Summit is going to be a roaring success.
As such our thoughts naturally turn to wondering about what governments will bring to the table in the form of pledges to finally put the MDGs back on track. This despite some going on record already to say that they don’t see this Summit as a ‘pledging’ one – but rather one that seeks to reinvigorate political will for development among the wealthier states. And as we know, some governments have already used the ‘economic crisis’ as justification for being shy in coming forwards in the funding department.
But others have at least been looking closely at investing both the resources and political will into the Secretary-General’s Global Strategy on Women and Children’s Health as a way of getting MDGs 4 and 5 back on track. And while the details of any pledges (an estimated $26 Billion has been suggested) won’t be confirmed until the Summit starts (or even until the official Global Strategy is launched on Wednesday) I thought I would at least share with you IPPF’s commitment to the SG’s Global Strategy. You will all know that IPPF is committed to universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (last year alone we provided 69 million SRH services around the world. Yes. 69 million!). As such our commitment is as follows:
- IPPF pledges to build on many years of successful national, regional and global advocacy to support policy and legislation changes which ensure universal access to SRHR, and support the universal right to the highest attainable standard of health, and the advancement of women and girls. We will continue to monitor commitments made to women’s and children’s health, the SRHR of young people, and HIV prevention, treatment and care. We will hold stakeholders accountable to their national, regional and global commitments, including those made at the International Conference on Population and Development, Beijing and the 2005 and 2010 High Level meetings to review the MDGs.
- IPPF commits to ensuring its SRH services reach the poorest, most marginalized, vulnerable and underserved sectors of society. By 2015, at least 80% of our SRH services will reach this target group.
- IPPF will provide comprehensive and integrated, rights-based SRH services, including family planning, antenatal, postnatal and newborn care, comprehensive abortion care (where legal) and post-abortion care (in all settings), and those related to sexually transmitted infections, HIV, gender-based violence, and reproductive cancers.
- IPPF will strive to contribute to meeting the needs of the 215 million women with unmet need for contraception by increasing the number of new users of IPPF contraceptive services by at least 50% by 2015, and at least doubling the number of unintended pregnancies averted.
- IPPF is committed to meeting the SRHR needs of young people. We will increase our services to young people by at least 50% by 2015. We will scale up comprehensive sexuality education through rolling out ‘It’s All One Curriculum’ to all IPPF Member Associations, so integrating gender, human rights, HIV prevention and sexuality.
- IPPF commits to scaling up its HIV related services, with the aim of providing integrated SRH/HIV services to at least 10 million people by 2015.
- As part of IPPF’s commitment to the highest attainable standard of health IPPF will continue to protect the right to legal and safe abortion.
- IPPF is committed to upholding human rights. Its ‘Declaration of Sexual Rights,’ will be integrated into service delivery and advocacy.
- IPPF commits to integrating SRHR in humanitarian settings through its SPRINT Initiative and will continue to promote and implement the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for SRH in Crisis Situations. The prevention of sexual violence and care of rape survivors will be a priority.
- IPPF commits to extending its partnerships with national governments, UN agencies, donor governments, the private sector, research institutions and civil society. These partnerships will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practice and contribute to galvanizing ourselves and other stakeholders to implement our shared commitment to accelerating progress towards MDGs 3, 4, 5 and 6.
While our pledges are a genuine effort to improve sexual and reproductive health around the world by 2015, it will falter without the support, encouragement and cold hard cash of governments around the world to help make this happen. Combine this with a renewed political priority by governments for SRH and then, just then, we might just start to see some modicum of progress being made on the MDGs lagging behind