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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

EU policy

Based on:

EU commitment to the UNFPA programme was reaffirmed in Council conclusions , following the 10?year review of the programme in 2004. The EU called for more financing and support for sexual and reproductive health.

The EU also recognises (Council conclusions (2005)) that sexual health issues ? in particular maternal and child health, gender equality and HIV - are key to meeting the MDGs.

The pledge made at the UN World Summit in 2005 to achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015 is also a goal of EU development policy (European Consensus on Development ).

EU financial support to developing countries for sexual health issues is mainly bilateral aid (sector budget support or budget support) for locally-owned projects.

International partners

The Commission is a member of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition.

In international bodies, it has observer status and works closely with the EU presidency to achieve common EU positions.

It has also taken positions such as: condom use is a more realistic approach to preventing HIV than abstinence (ABC approach).

EU policies on sexual health in individual countries are negotiated with national governments and incorporated into country strategy papers and poverty reduction strategy papers.

EC aid 2007-11

EC aid is financed under the health section of the Investing in people programme.

In 2007, the largest proportion of health funding under this programme was allocated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

For 2008-09, specific funding allocations are still being finalised.

Legal basis

EC regulation 1567/2003 on aid for sexual/reproductive issues

EC regulation 1905/2006 on development funding


Last update: 17/02/2012 | Top