Expert Group Meeting on the application of a human rights-based approach to policies and programmes to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity in humanitarian settings 7 and 8 May 2019 – Palais des Nations, Geneva

Follow-up report on the application of the technical guidance on the application of a human rights-based approach to the implementation of policies and programmes to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution Resolution 33/18, adopted by the Human Rights Council on 30 September 2016, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is preparing a follow-up report on the application of the technical guidance on the application of a human rights-based approach to the implementation of policies and programmes to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, to be submitted to the Human Rights Council at its at its thirty-ninth session.

OHCHR would like to invite to all United Nations Member States, United Nations agencies and funds, regional organizations, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, independent experts of human rights treaty bodies and Human Rights Council special procedures and other relevant stakeholders to submit information on how your Government or organization has disseminated and applied the technical guidance. In particular, information on the following would be welcome:

1. What steps has your Government or organization taken to utilize a human-rights based approach in policies and programmes to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and morbidity? How has the technical guidance assisted your Government or organization in designing, implementing, revising and/or evaluating such policies and programmes?

2. Has the technical guidance assisted your Government or organization in building enhanced understanding of the requirements of a human rights-based approach? If so, please expand upon the impact that such enhanced understanding has for the design and implementation of policies and programmes in this area.

3. What challenges does your Government or organization face in implementing a human rights based approach in policies and programmes to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and morbidity? Please elaborate on the nature of these challenges and steps taken to address them.

4. With evidence indicating that a majority of maternal deaths occur in fragile and humanitarian settings and that pregnant women may have increased medical risks in crises settings, how does your Government or organization work to apply a human rights based approach to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in these contexts? Please elaborate on good practices and challenges in this regard.

5. Does your Government or organization regularly collect data on sexual and reproductive health in crisis settings? Please elaborate on good practices and challenges in this regard.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights would be grateful if submissions could be limited to five pages and sent to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10; Fax. +41 22 917 90 08; Email: registry@ohchr.org) by 1 February 2018.

Responses received:

Governments

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