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UN urges states to remove ‘unnecessary’ restrictions on abortion

From The Hurriyet Daily News.

The United Nations has urged states to remove “unnecessary restrictions on abortion” and provide access to safe abortion services, in a report by the U.N.’s International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) 2014.

“The fundamental rights to life and to security of the person, as well as freedom from cruel and inhumane treatment, and from discrimination, among others, means unnecessary restrictions on abortion should be removed and governments should provide access to safe abortion services, both to safeguard the lives of women and girls and as a matter of human rights of: respect, protection and fulfillment, including the right to health,” the ICPD said in its report.

UN urges states to remove ‘unnecessary’ restrictions on abortion

The United Nations has urged states to remove “unnecessary restrictions on abortion” and provide access to safe abortion services, in a report by the U.N.’s International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) 2014.

“The fundamental rights to life and to security of the person, as well as freedom from cruel and inhumane treatment, and from discrimination, among others, means unnecessary restrictions on abortion should be removed and governments should provide access to safe abortion services, both to safeguard the lives of women and girls and as a matter of human rights of: respect, protection and fulfillment, including the right to health,” the ICPD said in its report.        more…

Source: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com

Today, there is no country in which women are equal to men in political or economic power. Too many people, particularly the poor, still live without access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning. And laws designed to protect the rights of women and girls, where they exist, are often not enforced.
—  Remarks by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director New York, on the International Conference on Population and Development Global Review Report 

47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development 

The Commission on Population and Development convenes its 47th Session at UN Headquarters in New York. From 7-11 April 2014 the CPD will assess the status of the implementation of the Programme of Action adopted in 1994.

In this video UK Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone discusses her participation in this year’s ICPD.  

Development is Being Derailed by Ignoring Equality, Rights and Women’s Health, UN Cautions

• The number of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries has fallen dramatically from 47 per cent in 1990 to 22 per cent in 2010
• But many of the estimated 1 billion people living in the 50-60 poorest countries will stagnate as the rest of the world gets richer

UNITED NATIONS, New York — A new report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect the poorest and most marginalized, including adolescent girls and women affected by violence as well as rural populations.

The report is the first truly global review of progress, gaps, challenges and emerging issues in relation to the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in1994. It gathers data from 176 countries alongside inputs from civil society and comprehensive academic research. The findings provide compelling evidence strongly reinforcing the ground-breaking focus of the Cairo Action Programme, placing human rights and individual dignity at the heart of development.

“A fundamental commitment to individual dignity and human rights is the basis of a resilient and sustainable future,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr.Babatunde Osotimehin. “We cannot afford to wait another 20 years to address the inequalities plaguing our collective well-being. The time to act is now. Development gains should not be limited to the fortunate; they should reach all populations.”

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Africa: Investing in Adolescent Girls for Africas Development
[UNFPA]Johannesburg -H.E. Mrs Hinda Deby Itno, is the First Lady of the Republic of Chad and President of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS and Dr. Julitta Onabanjo is UNFPA’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. As
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This is the link to my TV show I co-created for Ithaca College.  Season One was a learning process and Season Two had a lot of pre-production problems, but overall I had a tons of fun learning from and creating this series.

The show is based around four Ithaca College campus police officers.  They are all eccentric and ridiculous in their own way.  It is a wonder the campus is safe at all in the hands of these barely-capable officers.

A Call for Universal Access to Safe, Legal Abortion
Lawmakers and civil society leaders from over 30 countries are calling for universal access to safe, legal abortion. The declaration, released in Washington on Wednesday, comes in the context of a 20-year review by the United Nations of the 1994 Inte
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