Belgium continues to be an active partner in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights

date: 03 July 2013

Belgium is an active player in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Not only through policy initiatives of the federal government and the federated entities, but also through the Belgian Development Cooperation, which places a great deal of importance on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

On 1 and 2 July, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Regional Commission for Europe (UNECE) jointly organised an International Conference on Population and Development in Geneva. The theme was “Enabling choices: population priorities for the 21st century”.

This conference took place in the framework of the Programme of Action in the area of population and development approved in Cairo in 1994. This Programme of Action covers topics relating to population and development such as population dynamics, sustainable development, sexual and reproductive rights and health, social inclusion, etc. Belgium is an active participant in the programme.

Since the adoption of the Programme of Action in Cairo, Belgium has proved to be a strong and dedicated partner in the subject area of population and development. Attached you will find the speech given by Belgium on this matter during the conference in Geneva. It highlights the country’s proactive policy orientation in the area of sexual and reproductive rights and health, both domestically and in the framework of Belgian foreign policy and Development Cooperation initiatives.

Read the speech (PDF, 21.49 Kb)