Among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted in September 2015, is Target 3.7: “By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.”
We are supporting the call for national governments to increase funding for sexual and reproductive health services to 10 per cent of international aid and domestic development budgets. The call was endorsed at the International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development in Ottawa (2002), Strasbourg (2004), Bangkok (2006), Addis Ababa (2009), Istanbul (2012) and Stockholm (2014).
Most of the Sustainable Development Goals — minimization of climate change, poverty reduction, etc. — will be very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve if population growth is not slowed. In addition, family planning services are amongst the most cost-effective development interventions.
The United Nations-led Family Planning 2020 partnership, which was launched in 2012, noted in 2015 that, “We’ve reached 24.4 million women and girls with lifesaving contraception, but that’s 10 million fewer than we hoped to reach by this time.”
We’re urging governments and political parties to commit to spending 10 per cent of their development aid on family planning.
What you can do
- Ask your political representative to support the call for the 10 per cent
- If you give to a developmental charity, ask them what they are doing to support sexual and reproductive health and rights