Re: Generation Consulting, LLC
Reproductive Health • Development • Population
Re: Generation Consulting LLC provides specialized services and expertise for designing and disseminating effective policies in reproductive health and rights emphasizing their interconnections with the areas of population and development.
Our commitment is to provide our expertise in support of UN agencies, other donor and technical assistance organizations, governmental policy makers and NGOs as they push for optimal compliance with the ICPD Programme of Action and the SDGs while strengthening frameworks for reproductive health and rights, gender equality, social and economic development, poverty reduction and environmental preservation.
During the critically important 3-year period from 2012 through 2015, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action ended its initial 20-year mandate and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) underwent their third and final review. These reviews occurred during the extended process of formulating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a successor development agenda, to consolidate and build on the gains of Agenda 21, ICPD and the MDGs.
The virtual exclusion of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) from the MDGs as a development goal per se, and the implacable opposition of hostile governments made progress difficult, though the addition of an SRH target during the 5th year MDG review provided new momentum Accordingly, the UNFPA, bilateral agencies and many national and international NGO partners, were able to make progress and minimize rollback even while confronted with significant funding shortfalls in this area.
The Sustainable Development Goals, formulated in a less hostile environment for SRH, recognize the critical importance of these issues for development especially in the context of women’s empowerment. The 17 goals and 169 targets incorporate a robust set of aspirations for progress in ending hunger and poverty while improving health and education. In particular, Goals 3 and 5 – Good Health and Well-being (3) and Gender Equality (5) – contain within their targets a very strong commitment to SRH.
Indeed, the 6th Target of the Women’s Empowerment Goal, Goal 5: “Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences,” represents the broadest and strongest possible statement of policy goals for these issues in a multisectoral context.
Within the Health Goal, the 7th target: “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes,” embeds SRH in a comprehensive approach to improving health and strengthening health systems.