Montevideo Consensus on Population & Development + 1 Year
A year after the “Montevideo Consensus”, government and civil society representatives gathered in the National Congress to celebrate the agreement assumed by Latin America and the Caribbean countries in the First Regional Conference on Population and Development. In the meeting, the achievements and pending challenges for health and sexual and reproductive rights, the well-being of young people and the development of the country and region were analyzed.
The activity was organized by the International Parliamentarian Group of Population and the Civil Society Alliance on the Accomplishment of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and its follow-up beyond 2014.
In addition to government representatives, the civil society, members
of 38 organizations of the Alliance participated, which included organizations
representing indigenous women, people living with HIV, young people, women, the
diversity of sexual identities, disabled people, Afro-descendant people, the
academic field, unions and religious groups, as well as institutions which
advocate for rights to education, health and human rights in general.
The “Consensus of Montevideo” expanded the goals assumed at the International Conference on Population and Development, carried out in Cairo in 1994, especially regarding adolescents’ and young people’s rights, the reduction of maternal mortality and the care of safe abortion. The regional document adopted by governments from Latin America and the Caribbean, met in Montevideo in August 2013 is a landmark because it includes many of the claims supported by the civil society organizations, especially women, for years on gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights.
Via Mabel Bianco, President of FEIM
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