Population Conference Adopts Montevideo Consensus

August 19, 2013 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Population Conference Adopts Montevideo Consensus of Wide-Ranging Priority Actions on Reproductive Health, Gender Equality, Young People
“Promoting and protecting sexual rights and reproductive rights” essential for social justice, development, Consensus reaffirms

See: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/14816

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – The First Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean concluded today, with the adoption of the Montevideo Consensus, a wide-ranging agreement on priority actions on several issues. These include access to sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, young persons’ rights and the integration of population into development.

According to their agreement on sexual and reproductive health, governments would take priority actions to:

  • “Eliminate preventable cases of maternal morbidity and mortality, including, within the set of integral benefits of sexual health and reproductive health services, measures for preventing and avoiding unsafe abortion, including sexual health and reproductive health education, access to modern and effective contraceptive methods, counselling and comprehensive care in cases of unwanted and unaccepted pregnancy, as well as comprehensive post-abortion care, where necessary;”
  • “Ensure, in those cases where abortion is legal or decriminalized under the relevant national legislation, the availability of safe, good-quality abortion services for women with unwanted and unaccepted pregnancies, and urge States to consider amending their laws, regulations, strategies and public policies relating to the voluntary termination of pregnancy in order to protect the lives and health of women and adolescent girls;”

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