Excellency António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres,
I am writing to you to today on behalf of our 152 national Member Associations, and the millions of staff and volunteers that work for the International Planned Parenthood Federation in over 172 countries. We would like to congratulate you on your appointment as the ninth Secretary General of the United Nations, and express our commitment to working with you and the United Nations system throughout your term.
As the largest civil society organization working in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, we collaborate with United Nations in the advancement of this critical agenda. We believe that a close and constructive relationship with you and your team will continue the development of an enabling environment for the provision of life-saving services, the promotion of gender equality and the realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.
With the world in the first stages of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, your leadership in the area of sustainable people-centered development is critical; a human rights based approach, gender equality and the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights is central to achieving progress under all of the sustainable development goals and targets. We encourage you to ensure that these issues remain priorities for you and the United Nations and offer our support to do so. With your leadership and support, we will be able to ensure that all women and girls have access to family planning services, can live free from violence and are able and empowered to participate fully in the life of their communities.
As an organization working for gender equality we were delighted to hear you pledge to ensure gender parity at the UN and your promise to work for the promotion, protection and respect of women’s rights.
I, alongside IPPF Member Associations and partners, stand ready to work with you in your new role and to set in place the programs and initiatives that will ensure 2030 Agenda is fully implemented. Working together, we can achieve the ambitious goals that the global community set just one year ago, and ensure that truly no one is left behind.