SRHR in Latin America and the Caribbean

Governments in Latin America and the Caribbean have agreed to adopt the Montevideo Consensus - an agreement to work towards goals such as universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including safe abortion, and gender equality.

The document, drawn up during the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, runs to 26 pages and affects 38 countries.

According to the United Nations Population Fund, it will promote and protect the rights "essential for social justice and development".

The governments that have signed the Montevideo Consensus are now tasked with taking action to eliminate maternal morbidity and mortality, ensure pregnant women have access to healthcare, and provide comprehensive education regarding sexuality and reproduction.

They also came to agreements on issues including migration, the treatment of indigenous peoples and territorial inequality.

In addition to Latin American and Caribbean governments, the four-day conference was attended by 24 regional and international organisations and 260 non-governmental organisations.