UK closing assertion on the 54th Session on the Fee on Inhabitants and Improvement
Thanks Chair, Excellencies,
I’m honoured to hitch you right this moment as we conclude the 54th Session on the Fee on Inhabitants and Improvement. At this time, Member States agreed to undertake a well timed, and far wanted decision. Not solely has it been 5 years for the reason that final consequence of the fee, however this decision demonstrates that the worldwide neighborhood can come collectively and prioritise taking motion to guard ladies, adolescents, ladies and marginalised populations.
We all know that COVID-19 has had a profound affect on meals safety, the entry to secure, nutritious and inexpensive meals, and restricted entry to sexual and reproductive well being companies. Girls and ladies naked the brunt of this affect. Whereas ladies produce 50% of the meals worldwide, they account for 70% of the world’s hungry. There have been vital disruptions to important sexual and reproductive well being companies together with household planning, HIV testing and remedy, and secure abortions.
Subsequently, we welcome the well timed commitments within the decision to: * Stop and remove sexual and gender primarily based violence * Guarantee common entry to sexual and reproductive well being and reproductive rights * Mitigate the affect of COVID-19 associated faculty closures on ladies, which places them at better threat of dangerous practices resembling early, little one and compelled marriage and feminine genital mutilation. * Stress the pressing must construct resilience to deal with the adversarial impacts of local weather change * Guarantee entry to social safety programmes for ladies * Shut the gender hole in entry to productive sources in agriculture, with a view to make sure equal entry to property rights * Take a multisectoral method to deal with the dietary wants of pregnant and lactating ladies, ladies of a productive age, adolescents, infants and younger kids. * And, take away obstacles to well being dealing with youth and adolescents, together with measures supporting the prevention of sexually transmitted illnesses.
Importantly, the decision reaffirms the vital position that UNFPA has in supporting member states to ship upon the commitments made on this decision and to make sure the total and efficient implementation of the Worldwide Convention on Inhabitants and Improvement and the Beijing Declaration.
Member States haven’t solely come collectively to comply with a decision, however have labored towards tangible course of on the realisation of sexual and reproductive well being and rights, the event of extra sustainable meals techniques, and improved vitamin.
We remorse that the textual content doesn’t embrace important references to sexual rights and important elements resembling complete sexuality training. We lament that the textual content doesn’t include a stronger give attention to the affect of meals insecurity and COVID-19 on marginalised communities, and people dealing with a number of and intersecting types of discrimination.
We all know that COVID-19 is prone to exacerbate and reinforce the place of susceptible and marginalised teams in society, together with folks dwelling with HIV, LGBT+, intercourse staff, and refugees. These teams are dealing with elevated threat of stigma, discrimination, sexual and gender primarily based violence, lack of revenue and additional restrictions to accessing important helps and companies. A survey carried out in practically 140 nations on the affect of COVID-19 on LGBT communities discovered that 21% mentioned their entry to HIV remedy had been restricted or difficult. The worldwide neighborhood should come collectively to take well timed motion to stop additional marginalisation of those populations.
As we set out in our nationwide assertion delivered earlier this week, we hope the conversations listed here are carried ahead all through the rest of the 12 months throughout discussions on the Meals Methods Summit and COP 26. We’ll champion inclusivity all through our COP Presidency. We’ll use our place to amplify the voices and options of ladies, adolescents and ladies and people most marginalised, empowering them as decision-makers, advocates and leaders.
We’re immensely grateful to the work of the co-facilitators, Lebanon and Romania, UNFPA and DESA for the technical experience, and the Chair, Burkina Faso for all their diligent work serving to us attain this level. We sit up for reconvening subsequent 12 months as we focus on “Inhabitants and Sustainable Improvement, particularly sustained and inclusive financial development.”
Revealed 23 April 2021