ASTRA Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health

On the 19th of May, the Council of the European Union adopted the revised European Consensus on Development, which identifies a new framework for development cooperation and for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by the European Union and the 28 member countries. The consensus was endorsed on the 31st of May by the European Parliament and it will be officially launched at the European Development Days in June.

The adoption of the consensus was preceded by the interinstitutional negotiations and public consultations lasting several months, during which EuroNGOs together with IPPF EN submitted recommendations highlighting women’s rights-related issues and SRHR in particular. 

Why is it so important?

The revised European Consensus on Development (the previous one was adopted in 2006) is a crucial document to navigate the EU development policy in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the next 15 years. It sets out the necessary core elements of cooperation between the EU and its member states and “developing” countries; the strategic approach for accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals; and details how the funds for development cooperation will be used. 

What does the consensus say about SRHR?

“The EU remains committed to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and to the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the outcomes of their review conferences and remains committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), in this context. Having that in mind, the EU reaffirms its commitment to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the right of every individual to have full control over, and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality and sexual and reproductive health, free from discrimination, coercion and violence. The EU further stresses the need for universal access to quality and affordable comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information, education, including comprehensive sexuality education, and health-care services.” 

You can read the full version of the revised European Consensus on Development here

What does civil society say?

Concord: New European Consensus on Development: Double Standards for Sustainable Development

Oxfam: New EU development framework: self-interest trumps solidarity

Platforma: Is ‘less’ really ‘more’ in the new European Consensus on Development?

Source: EuroNGOs