According to a statement released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), this is happening even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is blocking access to essential services, such as family planning and antenatal care.
The statement shows that the Nairobi Summit secured billions of dollars in commitments from governments, the private sector, foundations and other associations.
It rallied support to achieve “three zeros” zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths, zero gender-based violence and harmful practices in 10 years, says the release.
The UNFPA, the United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency, and the governments of Denmark and Kenya convened the summit 25 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development, which culminated in a global agreement that sexual and reproductive health and rights are a necessity for growth and prosperity. But progress in securing these rights has stalled.
“Since the Nairobi Summit, the road to 2030 and the achievement of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all have grown steeper due to COVID-19.