It's 2015 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000, are now coming to an end. But what happens next? “Post-2015”! The plan is for a new set of goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be agreed by UN Member States globally this September. As the successors to the MDGs these SDGs will be important because they will guide national policy making and budget prioritisation.. If we don’t seize this current opportunity to develop a set of goals that will benefit the world’s most vulnerable people we will face enormous human rights challenges that will last generations.
IPPF currently works to fulfil MDGs 3 (promote gender equality and empower women), 4 (reduce child mortality), 5 (improve maternal health) and 6 (combat HIV). In 2007 we successfully campaigned for the adoption of MDG target 5b (“Achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015”), and we’ve been fighting for inclusion of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in the SDGs. Half of all the anti-poverty targets are focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights which proves that these rights are critical to global development.