Reproductive Health as an Essential Component of Human Prosperity

Hemispheric Think Tank Working Group, 2009 Summit of the Americas, Inter American Dialogue and FOCAL, Washington DC, 13 January 2009 |

This memo examines the current status of reproductive health and rights in Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of the upcoming 2009 Summit of the Americas, to be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in April.  The analysis is composed of three parts: Part One discusses ongoing challenges to reproductive health and rights. Part Two presents examples of successful state led solutions in the region. Part Three makes recommendations for the inclusion of strengthened sexual reproductive health and rights language in the proposed Draft Declaration of Commitment “Securing our Citizen’s Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability.”

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