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  • National focus: Väestöliitto fights to keep RH/FP a priority in wake of Finland ODA cuts

    • June 19, 2015
    • Finland

    After elections in April, Finland’s new centre-right government plans to tackle the country’s recession with major spending cuts in almost every sector. It is currently examining a budget that proposes to cut funding for development cooperation by over €200 million in early 2016. It is also likely to divert more...

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  • Helping to secure a very positive signal on gender in development from EU Council

    • June 19, 2015
    • European Institutions

    Countdown 2015 Europe is delighted at the strong political signal sent by EU Member States when their ministers adopted a set of Conclusions on Gender in Development at the Foreign Affairs Council on 26 May. Our national and Brussels-based partners played a very active role in providing input to officials...

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  • Ensuring a strong voice from European governments at CPD

    • June 19, 2015
    • European Institutions

    The 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) took place in New York from 13 to 17 April, with the theme “Realising the future we want: Integrating population issues into sustainable development, including in the post-2015 development agenda”. Countdown 2015 Europe partners were very active in the...

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  • Finland’s commitment to FP/RH in development under threat

    • June 17, 2015
    • Finland

    Finland‘s government is currently examining a Programme containing plans to cut funding allocated to development cooperation by over €200 million in early 2016. The Programme will reduce the total amount of development cooperation funding from €1.01 billion in 2015 to €743.6 million in 2016. It also mentions a preference for...

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