PSN’s Karen Newman has delivered a presentation at a high-level expert meeting on Family planning and inclusive and sustainable development in the future of European development cooperation held in Brussels today.
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The event, an International Dialogue on Family Planning and Inclusive and Sustainable Development in the Future of European Development Cooperation brought together European civil servants, key donors and other, civil society experts in the field of reproductive health and rights and sustainable developments, to make the case for addressing unmet need for family planning, set out the links to sustainable development and discuss how European policy makers can take the agenda forward.
The event was held by Countdown 2015 Europe with the following objectives:
PSN’s Karen Newman gave a key note presentation at a session looking at the importance of a European development agenda that addresses the unmet need for family planning in support of overall sustainable development. The presentation focused on the neglect of the third, social pillar of sustainable development, which has been absent in recent sustainable development debates, including Rio+20, MDGs beyond 2015 and the EC Agenda for Change.
European donors must introduce this important social pillar into current sustainable development debates Karen argued, by showcasing the importance of linking sustainable development with the need to address the unmet need for family planning.
Karen’s presentation concluded that to advance this approach European policy leadership will be crucial:
You can access Karen’s presentation Family Planning and Sustainable Development: Policy Options for Moving Forward here.
Further information about the meeting and a press release is available on the Countdown 2015 Europe website.