Sexual health for the millennium: An introduction

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Abstract

This special issue of the International Journal of Sexual Health is devoted to the issues of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the effort by the World Association for Sexual Health to argue that the promotion of sexual health is an essential strategy for attaining those goals. Recently, the World Association for Sexual Health has published Sexual Health for the Millennium: A Declaration and Technical Document (2008). This special issue of the IJSH contains the background papers which served as a foundation for the development of the declaration and technical document. These articles argue that sexuality is a fundamental aspect of being human, that human development must be premised on the promotion of sexual health and is a basic human right for all citizens. Public policies designed to promote human development must make the promotion of sexual health an essential strategy. This special issue is designed to stimulate more interest in the Sexual Health for the Millennium: A Declaration and Technical Document, encourage further analysis and research which will support the statements in the declaration, provoke more advocacy for sexual health, and, most importantly, to stimulate sound and effective public policies to create a sexually healthier world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume20
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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A draft document was then prepared by Alex McKay of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of Canada under the guidance of Eli Coleman, the Project Coordinator and Senior Editor, Rafael Mazin (PAHO), Esther Corona (WAS), and Eusebio Rubio (President of WAS). The various chapters of the draft were then circulated among the various experts who attended the Oaxaca meeting and further input was solicited. A final draft of the declaration and technical document was prepared by the editorial committee and was distributed to all members of the WAS for final consideration during the executive committee, advisory committee, and General Assembly of the World Congress of Sexual Health that was held in Sydney Australia, April 13–19, 2007. This declaration now became

Keywords

  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Public policy
  • Sexual health
  • Sexuality

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