The 2030 Agenda
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a framework of 17 goals and 169 targets across social, economic and environmental areas of sustainable development, which United Nations (UN) Member States have committed to making a reality over the next 15 years. This new agenda - ‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’– adopted in September 2015, is an important political consensus document declaring UN Member States’ intent to work collectively towards achieving people-centred sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda will affect the policy and funding priorities of both implementing governments and donors during this time, leading to a channelling of global development funding to the areas reflected in the goals and targets and influencing national development strategies and programming. This presents important opportunities for both advocates and service providers of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
The 2030 Agenda and SRHR
The 2030 Agenda includes many commitments in relation to gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. Both the goals on health (SDG 3) and gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment (SDG 5) include targets relating to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.
- Target 3.7, calls for 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.
- Target 5.6, under goal 5, calls for 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 (ICPD) and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
In addition, all countries have to take steps to end discrimination and eliminate violence against women and girls as well as harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation. The 2030 Agenda also requires them to reduce maternal mortality, end the preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years of age, and end to the AIDS epidemic.
IPPF advocated at the national, regional and global levels for a strong and progressive Agenda 2030, and for inclusion of SRHR and gender equality among the targets. IPPF and its Member Associations in every region are now focussed on ensuring that governments make good on their commitments and implement the targets at the national level. We have produced a range of guides and information sheets to support advocates to learn more about the SDGs and how they can use them to make change.