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Human Rights in Global HealthRights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World$
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Benjamin Mason Meier and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190672676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190672676.001.0001

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The United Nations Population Fund

The United Nations Population Fund

An Evolving Human Rights Mission and Approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights

(p.243) 11 The United Nations Population Fund
Human Rights in Global Health

Emilie Filmer-Wilson

Luis Mora

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes UNFPA’s evolving human rights approach to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, of which the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was a major turning point. In translating the rights-based vision of the ICPD into practice, UNFPA has pursued two strategies: engaging with the human rights system to strengthen accountability for sexual and reproductive health and rights and advancing operational clarity and guidance on the links between human rights and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. In these efforts, important milestones have been achieved, and today, UNFPA is widely recognized as a human rights-based organization. However, the organization has struggled to fully employ human rights in its work. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, on which UNFPA’s new Strategic Plan for 2018–2021 is based, provides a powerful framework for UNFPA to more fully align itself with the rights-based vision of the ICPD.

Keywords:   sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights, human rights, human rights-based approach, ICPD, population and development

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