Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health

In 2010, the Aspen Institute founded the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC), a group of high-level champions committed to raising awareness of the centrality of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to accomplishing broader sustainable development goals. The GLC recognized that investments in family planning yield demonstrated social and economic returns in all sectors—food, water, health, economic development—yet was one of the least-funded areas in global health. When the council was created, reproductive health was missing from the global development agenda. It was relegated to sub-indicator of 5b in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and forgotten in many conversations about global development.

GLC members are committed to driving an agenda with strong outcomes for SRHR. By advancing a multisectoral approach, the GLC recognizes the ways in which global challenges are interconnected, both in the lives of individuals and in the policy environment. Through championing policies and supporting the effective use of donor resources, the Council works to increase awareness of the centrality of SRHR as fundamental human rights and drivers of progress in global development. Their work builds momentum for increased political, financial and technical support for SRHR.

Comprised of current and former heads of state, high-level policymakers, and other influential leaders, across more than a dozen countries, the Council is chaired by the Honorable Joy Phumaphi, former Minister of Health of Botswana. The GLC Secretariat, based at the Aspen Institute, works closely with GLC members to activate an advocacy strategy that leverages the reach and profile of GLC members.