Critical concerns, analyses, talking points
As nations gather in New York this week for the opening of the UN General Assembly, gender justice advocates arrived from around the world for Monday’s (9/22) Special Session on ICPD Beyond 2014. The International Conference on Population & Development Programme of Action is 20 years old, and the UN is assessing how to make further progress in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to begin in 2015. The ICPD addressed both internal and international migration, as well as women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Women’s organizations are urging that the ICPD agenda be integral to the “post-2015 development agenda” embodied in the new Sustainable Development Goals.
As these goals continue to be debated by UN member states and civil society, the Women & Global Migration Working Group offers the following talking points framing some of our vision and concerns regarding the Goals. As a working group made up of women’s, labor, faith, and migrant rights organizations, we do NOT want to merely “add women” or “add migrants” to a failed development model. We are less concerned about “where women and migrants are mentioned” than we are about the corporate-driven development model itself, which violates the human rights of women, migrants, and migrant women in particular.