UK closing assertion on the 54th Session on the Fee on Inhabitants and Improvement
Thanks Chair, Excellencies,
I’m honoured to affix you right now 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 because the final final result of the fee, however this decision demonstrates that the worldwide neighborhood can come collectively and prioritise taking motion to guard girls, adolescents, women and marginalised populations.
We all know that COVID-19 has had a profound influence on meals safety, the entry to secure, nutritious and inexpensive meals, and restricted entry to sexual and reproductive well being providers. Ladies and women naked the brunt of this influence. Whereas girls produce 50% of the meals worldwide, they account for 70% of the world’s hungry. There have been important disruptions to important sexual and reproductive well being providers together with household planning, HIV testing and therapy, and secure abortions.
Due to this fact, 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 influence of COVID-19 associated faculty closures on women, which places them at better threat of dangerous practices reminiscent of early, little one and compelled marriage and feminine genital mutilation. * Stress the pressing must construct resilience to handle the antagonistic impacts of local weather change * Guarantee entry to social safety programmes for girls * 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 handle the dietary wants of pregnant and lactating girls, girls of a productive age, adolescents, infants and younger kids. * And, take away boundaries to well being going through youth and adolescents, together with measures supporting the prevention of sexually transmitted ailments.
Importantly, the decision reaffirms the vital function that UNFPA has in supporting member states to ship upon the commitments made on this decision and to make sure the complete and efficient implementation of the Worldwide Convention on Inhabitants and Improvement and the Beijing Declaration.
Member States haven’t solely come collectively to conform to 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 programs, and improved diet.
We remorse that the textual content doesn’t embrace important references to sexual rights and important parts reminiscent of complete sexuality training. We lament that the textual content doesn’t comprise a stronger concentrate on the influence of meals insecurity and COVID-19 on marginalised communities, and people going through a number of and intersecting types of discrimination.
We all know that COVID-19 is prone to exacerbate and reinforce the place of weak and marginalised teams in society, together with individuals dwelling with HIV, LGBT+, intercourse staff, and refugees. These teams are going through elevated threat of stigma, discrimination, sexual and gender primarily based violence, lack of earnings and additional restrictions to accessing important helps and providers. A survey carried out in almost 140 international locations on the influence of COVID-19 on LGBT communities discovered that 21% mentioned their entry to HIV therapy had been restricted or sophisticated. 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 below are carried ahead all through the rest of the 12 months throughout discussions on the Meals Programs Summit and COP 26. We are going to champion inclusivity all through our COP Presidency. We are going to use our place to amplify the voices and options of ladies, adolescents and women 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 look ahead to reconvening subsequent 12 months as we talk about “Inhabitants and Sustainable Improvement, particularly sustained and inclusive financial progress.”
Revealed 23 April 2021