|United States Renews Commitment to Achieving Global Development Goals|
January 8, 2010- Health and human rights organizations applaud U.S. support for sexual
and reproductive health and reproductive rights. "If we believe that human rights are women's rights," said
Secretary Clinton "then we cannot accept the marginalization of half the
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2010
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United States Renews Commitment to Achieving Global Development Goals
Health and Human Rights Organizations Applaud U.S. Support for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights
This afternoon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton commemorated the 15th anniversary of a major international agreement on health and human rights, stating a renewed U.S. commitment to making access to reproductive health care a "basic right."
"If we believe that human rights are women's rights," said Secretary Clinton "then we cannot accept the marginalization of half the world's population."
"Women's health is essential to the prosperity and health of all people," said Secretary Clinton. "Investing in the health of women, adolescents and girls is not just the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to do."
At the 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, 179 governments agreed to a 20-year action plan that made the health and rights of women and young people central to the global struggle to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.
Since the ICPD, the United Nations, civil society, and governments have been working to make protection of human rights and access to reproductive health global realities.
However, concrete action is still needed to realize the ICPD goals-advancing gender equality; ensuring access to education; and providing universal access to reproductive health care including voluntary contraception, safe abortion services where legal, maternity care and sex education programs that prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS-by 2015.
Specifically, the U.S. Administration can:
We applaud today's step forward in realizing the Administration's commitment to promoting and protecting sexual and reproductive rights and health. This commitment now needs to be realized through program implementation, funding and diplomatic endeavors that ensure the right of all people to make decisions about their own sexuality and provide access to services that help make that right a reality.
For more information and to view or read Secretary Clinton's speech, go to www.ICPD2015.org.
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Advocates for Youth
Contact: Marcela Howell, 202-419-3420, firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Reproductive Rights
Contact: Dionne Scott, 917- 637-3649, email@example.com
Contact: Alex Smith, 202-965-7700, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Women's Health Coalition
Contact: Kelly Castagnaro, 646-707-1004; email@example.com
Contact: Kirsten Sherk, 919- 960-5612, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Contact: Priscilla Huang, 202-470-3170 x. 10, email@example.com
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Contact: Samantha Harper, 212-422-2553, Samantha@latinainstitute.org
Contact: Cara Hesse, 617-924-7200 x. 216, firstname.lastname@example.org