THE 18TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ASIA PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARIANS’ CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

23rd November 2015
women in Nepal line up for IPPF services

1. Honourable Members of Parliament, Fellow Panellists and Chair, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for welcoming me here to speak with you today. I am Anjali Sen, Regional Director, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, South Asia Regional Office and Acting Director (External Relations), IPPF Central Office and I am so honoured to be here with you today in Seoul. The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global service provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. We are a worldwide movement of national organizations working with and for communities and individuals. We deliver sexual and reproductive health services that let people make their own choices. We are local, through our members and volunteers, and global, through our network. We meet need, wherever it is, whoever requires it, for as long as they want it.

2. It is one year since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was agreed by every member state in the United Nations. Twelve months since the whole world came together and made a commitment to end, once and for all, extreme poverty, and ensure that every single person has the opportunity to live a full and complete life. A life where human rights are respected, economic development is supported and where our planet is protected for the generations to come.

3. This agreement was truly a watershed moment. It recognised that the seven billion people sharing our planet face a number of global challenges which span economic, social and environmental development, and made a commitment to address those challenges in a holisticIPPF staff photo

way. Those challenges include, but are not limited to climate change, environmental degradation, food and water insecurity, state fragility, economic crises, poverty and growing inequality. These challenges manifest themselves differently around the world and can contribute to widening inequalities between and within countries. For this reason, sustainable development must be based on global solidarity, fuelled by principles of social equity that ensure that policy and programme approaches respect and protect human rights.

4. Sexual and reproductive health and rights cut across the three central dimensions of sustainable