United Nations Human Rights Council recognises maternal mortality as human rights concern

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Governments commit to promoting women and girls health and rights

Author(s)/Editor(s): Human Rights Council
Publication date: 17 June 2009
Language: English

17 JUNE 2009 | Geneva – The Human Rights Council, at its eleventh regular session, has adopted a landmark resolution on ‘Preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights’ in which governments express grave concern for the unacceptably high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity, acknowledge that this is a human rights issue and commit to enhance their efforts at the national and international level to protect the lives of women and girls worldwide. Over 70 UN member states co-sponsored this resolution, led by Colombia and New Zealand.

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