On March 8th, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) held its High-Level Panel on Human Rights Mainstreaming, this year choosing to focus it on the post-2015 development framework.
During that debate, Ethiopia delivered on behalf of a select cross-regional group of 24 States a joint statement to the Council stressing the importance of SRHR to the post-2015 framework.
The Statement references the crucial need to prioritize SRHR and acknowledges the important contribution of the UN human rights system in providing guidance on the human rights dimensions of SRH, including the work of the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, the treaty-monitoring bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights, noting that this work also makes clear the need for law and policy reform in this area.
The Statement was signed-on to by a range of States, including: Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Colombia, Denmark, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Sweden, Turkey and Uruguay.
The full Statement for the High-Level Panel on Human Rights Mainstreaming can be accessed here.