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Asia and the Pacific NGOs Call for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Sustainable Development

121 cross-generation activists, advocates and representatives of NGOs from diverse social movements from 27 countries in Asia and the Pacific, have gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to revitalise the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) agenda for sustainable development in the region, drawing from the commitments made in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD PoA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As we face a world in multiple crises, the activists call for the inclusion and prioritisation of women and young people’s SRHR in new development frameworks that take stock of current consensus documents and move beyond them to fully achieve our human rights.

The Kuala Lumpur Call to Action is the outcome document of the regional meeting, Beyond ICPD and MDGs: NGOs Strategising for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region, which was organised by the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) on 2-4 May 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, along with our partners the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The Call was formulated by a drafting team composed of representatives from Aliansi Remaja Independen (ARI, Indonesia); ARROW (Regional); Asia Pacific Alliance for SRHR (Regional); Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations (APCASO, Regional); Centre for Health Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA, India); Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM, Fiji/Pacific); Mongolian Family Welfare Association (MFWA, Mongolia); Pacific Sexual & Reproductive Health Research Centre (PacSRHRC, Fiji); People’s Health Movement (Bangladesh); Youth Action Nepal (Nepal); and YP Foundation (India). Independent activists and representatives from groups who participated at the conference supported this Call (for the full list, please see page 4 of the Call).

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