The Global Network of Sex Work Projects has published a response to the release of a Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the Post-2015 Agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet’
The synthesis report aims to support States’ discussions going forward, taking stock of the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda and reviewing lessons from pursuit of the MDGs. It stresses the need to “finish the job” – both to help people now and as a launch pad for the new agenda.
“Next year, 2015, will herald an unprecedented opportunity to take far-reaching, long-overdue global action to secure our future well-being,” Mr. Ban said as he called on Member States to be “innovative, inclusive, agile, determined and coordinated” in negotiating the agenda that will succeed the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN-backed effort to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, promote education, especially for girls, fight disease and protect the environment, all by 2015.
Whilst NSWP welcomes the release of this report and the areas it highlights, the lack of reference to key populations – in particular sex workers and people who use drugs – is notable and very disappointing. Whilst the commitment to “leave no one behind” is restated in these goals, failure to recognise that key populations remain significantly underserved in the global response to ensuring human rights, access to health and justice and freedom from violence and discrimination is for NSWP a glaring omission. It is also particularly disappointing as the report specifically highlights “universal health coverage” as one of the core elements of delivering these sustainable development goals; and one of the 6 ‘principles’ of the Universal Call is to “address inequalities in all areas, agreeing that no goal or target be considered met unless met for all social and economic groups.”
You can read the remainder of the NSWP Response to the report here.