Civil society statement ahead of Family Planning summit

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London, Monday 10th July 2017

Member organisations of the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Network and Action for Global Health (AfGH) UK network release a joint statement ahead of the Family Planning Summit, to be held in London on 12th July 2017.

The statement commends the UK Government, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNFPA for their leadership in organising the 2017 London Family Planning Summit.

It also calls on all governments, including donors, and other partners to reaffirm a clear commitment that family planning must be part of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in all settings, including humanitarian and fragile contexts. This includes reaffirming the global commitments of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and the Beijing Platform for Action and their review conferences.

The statement calls for evidence-informed and rights-based approaches to integrated SRHR and for governments to speak up more strongly in defence of such approaches, and support civil society groups, women’s rights organisations and human rights defenders working to advance SRHR. Read the full statement here.

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Action for Global Health (AfGH) UK represents over 50 of the UK’s leading NGOs, research institutions and health experts working to promote and improve global health. It works across health issues and promotes universal health coverage as a key instrument to achieve the universal right to health. The UK network is part of a broader cross-European Action for Global Health network working across seven countries, advocating for Europe to play a more proactive role in enabling developing countries to meet the right to health for all.

The UKSRHR Network brings together over fifty NGOs, academic institutions and individuals from across the UK international development sector, to promote the centrality of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in development policies and programmes. Informed by the International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and subsequent regional and international commitments, the Network exists to promote, protect and improve access to SRHR for all people.

Source: Action for Global Health UK network

Media contact information: Abigail Rowlands, Coordinator, Action for Global Health UK, abigail.rowlands@plan-uk.org, 300 777 9777.