IPPF at the United Nations


Dr. Jacqueline Sharpe, IPPF President addresses the UN General Assembly’s Informal Interactive Hearings with Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, and the Private Sector

On Tuesday, June 15, Dr. Jacqueline Sharpe, President of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) made a statement at the Informal Interactive Hearings of the United Nations General Assembly with Non-governmental organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the Private sector. The CSO hearings were held at the UN Headquarters in New York from June 14–15, 2010. In 2000, UN Member States agreed to the Millennium Declaration and committed themselves to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

In September 2010 the UN General Assembly will hold a High-level Plenary Meeting, referred to as the "MDG Summit” to evaluate and accelerate progress towards the goals in the next five years. The outcomes of the June CSO hearings provide input to the preparatory process for the Summit and be issued as an Assembly document. Responding during Thematic Session 3: Sustaining development and withstanding crises, Dr. Sharpe noted that: “adapting to climate change will involve many different types of responses, including policies to improve the management of climate risks. However we must also ensure that we invest in women. A woman’s poor health often pushes her family further into poverty.” She also said that “the burden of climate change is falling disproportionately on poor women in developing countries; we know what interventions will work to save the lives of women and children. Let us ensure that the world invests in these interventions. When women benefit, the world benefits.”

At a side event enttiteld: MDG 5b - A Promise is a Promise, held on Monday, June 14, Dr. Sharpe moderated a panel of speakers who addressed Millenium Development Goal 5b, on universal access to reproductive health. H.E. Ambassador Carsten Staur of the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations spoke on the panel along with Dr. Gill Greer, Director-General of IPPF, Ms. Rachel N. Mayanja, Assistant Secretary General and Special Advisor on Gender Issues to the Secretary General, and Ms. Neha Sood of the Youth Coalition on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. This event was co-sponsored by IPPF and the United Nations Departemnt of Economic and Social Affairs.

Click here to watch the speech given by Gill Geer, IPPF Director-General

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