Task Force Welcomes the Joint Statement made by South Africa on behalf of 58 Member States at the Sustainable Development Goals Open Working GroupUnited Nations, New York

13th Session, July 14-18, 2014

The High-Level Task Force for the ICPD welcomes the Joint Statement delivered today by the Ambassador of South Africa for the Post-2015 Agenda on behalf of a cross-regional group of 58 Member States, during the 13th Session of the Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group.

The statement calls for a new global development agenda that tackles “the root causes of structural inequalities and discrimination for all members of humankind, achieves gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls and ending gender-based violence, throughout their life cycle, with particular attention to those living in poverty, vulnerable groups, adolescents and youth.”

The Statement recognizes that “the respect, promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all must be an essential foundation of a universally-relevant, transformative, high-impact and cost-effective sustainable development agenda across its social, economic and environmental dimensions”. They are key for addressing inequality, achieving poverty eradication, educational attainment and public health outcomes, fostering productivity, labour force participation and economic growth, reaping the rewards of demographic dividends, and improving environmental management, energy, food security, water and sanitation, and easing pressures on limited resources and ecosystems.”

Specifically, the Governments called for targets on sexual and reproductive health and rights under the proposed goals on Health and Gender Equality, and a target on comprehensive sexuality education for all young people, under the proposed goal on Education.

The Statement was delivered on behalf of the Governments of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu.