Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
& Sustainable Development in Asia-PacificOctober 15, 2014 | Hanoi, Vietnam

“We need to move towards supporting systems of accountability that are participatory, transparent and effective and that are preoccupied with how efforts and initiatives are actually working to realize the full range of sexual and reproductive rights,” Task Force Member Sandeep Prasad said in his keynote address at the 12th Asia Pacific Alliance Conference on Promoting Accountability and Addressing Inequalities – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.

The conference brought together civil society, United Nations and government representatives to discuss promoting accountability in implementing the Asia-Pacific ICPD Beyond 2014 regional agreement and ensuring inclusion of SRHR in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Prasad called for a multi-layered accountability framework, rooted in human rights principles. “The essence of a human rights-based approach is that it is transformative – it seeks to fundamentally change the power relations operating in society which serve to disempower certain groups or which deny them their ability to exercise, claim and enforce their human rights,” Prasad said.

Read Prasad’s speech here and more about the Conference here.