As policymakers from countries across the world gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September, the Center for Reproductive Rights global delegation was on hand to meet with them and discuss key sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues.
The UNGA—the largest gathering of government leaders each year—offers unique opportunities to engage with these leaders and urge them to include SRHR as part of their international commitments. Those commitments can then serve as the basis—and be used by advocates—for policy reform on the national level.
At the UNGA’s “High-level Week,” held September 18-22, Center leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States attended meetings and events with leading government and UN officials, as well as leaders from civil society and partner organizations, on a range of topics, including:
- Universal health care and human rights standards relating to SRHR and state obligations.
- Expansion and implementation of Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP).
- Leadership for the realization of SRHR in Africa.
- The UN Population Fund’s new ICPD+30 report, which monitors the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) action program.
- The anti-rights movement across the globe and how to collaborate to push back against it.
Above, L-R: Mariana Sanz de Santamaria, Founder, PODEROSAS, alongside the Center’s Catalina Martínez Coral, Senior Regional Director, Latin America & the Caribbean; Nancy Northup, President and CEO; Salima Namusobya, Senior Regional Director, Africa; Rebecca Brown, Senior Director, Global Advocacy; Selome Argaw, Senior Global Advocacy Adviser; and Prabina Bajracharya, Associate Director of Program Operations and Administration for Asia. —©Center for Reproductive Rights
Above, L-R: The Center’s Salima Namusobya; Rebecca Brown; Catalina Martínez Coral; and Selome Argaw. —©Center for Reproductive Rights