Africa CSO Letter at the 47th Commission on Population and Development

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The following letter has been drafted and endorsed by several African CSOs at the ongoing 47th Commission on Population and Development:

Your Excellencies,

On behalf of African Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) attending the 47thCommission on Population and Development (CPD) in New York from April 7 -112014,we are writing to seek your support in ensuring a progressive outcome document. In accordance with GA Res 65/234, this year’s CPD is crucial as it provides a unique opportunity to preserve the gains made in Cairo and to take into account new challenges that have emerged since the ICPD Program of Action (PoA).

We applaud your collective and individual leadership in ensuring that Africa’s priorities are integrated in processes that will articulate the new development agenda. We call on your support to ensure that the Africa Group engages constructively and with one voice. This would entail harmonizing the current disconnect between the various country Capitals and UN Missionpositions; and calling for a resolution that not only reaffirms the ICPD PoA but also builds and strengthens the Addis Ababa Ministerial Declaration on ICPD Beyond 2014. We see great value in the Africa Group working as a team and fully engaging in the negotiation process.

We reiteratethe call for your supportin:

  1. Mobilizing the AfricaGroup to support substantive negotiations that reflect the realities of the people of Africa.
  2. Using the Addis Ababa Ministerial Declaration as the basis for Africa position in the negotiation process.
  3. Harmonizing the Capital and UN Missions country positions to build on and strengthen the Addis Ababa Declaration and reaffirm the ICPD Plan of Action.
  4. Reaffirming the Regional instruments and commitments such as the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), the Continental Policy framework on sexual and reproductive health and rights (Maputo Plan of Action) and The Abuja Declaration.

We are counting on your leadership to ensure a successful outcome document at the CPD that takes into account Africa’s development interests as well as women’s and girls’ rights including sexual and reproductive health and rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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