Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia and the Pacific: the unfinished agenda

This paper contains a review of the key trends in sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia and the Pacific since the adoption of the Programme of Action by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994. In the paper, key areas of progress, as well as the unfinished agenda and emerging issues in the region are identified and policy recommendations to effectively address them are provided. The paper also contains a discussion on the various barriers to ensuring universal sexual and reproductive health and rights, such as financial, physical and sociocultural barriers, highlighting current deficiencies in health systems across the region. The recommendations to address these challenges focus on reducing disparities in access to a comprehensive and integrated package of sexual and reproductive health services for different population groups, creating an enabling legal and policy framework, measures to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, and mechanisms to improve monitoring and accountability.


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