Merete Dyrud, Jan Paul Brekke and Anja Sletten. Photo: NorwayUN/Kjersti Mosli
Agreed conclusion at the Commission on Population and Development
Last updated: 4/30/2013 //
After tough negotiations the Commission on Population and Development reached an agreed conclusion. Sexual and reproductive health and rights, an important area for Norway, has been among this year’s sensitive issues.
The theme for this year’s Commission has been new trends in migration: demographic aspects. The negotiations have been difficult with great distance between the member states. The issues migration, development and human rights, was especially complicated due to member states’ domestic restrictions on immigration and inclusion politics. The issue of migration was last negotiated at the 2006 Commission, and in 2009. This year the language is significant stronger on migrants’ rights, as well as the definition of various forms of social services. Negotiating stronger formulations on sexual and reproductive health and rights was a difficult issue for the member states to agree on, but in the end they reached a compromise.