In 2015 world leaders met to discuss how to build a more sustainable world. They pledged common action and agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets to be met by 2030.
The 2030 Agenda includes many achievements in relation to gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment. European leadership was crucial in ensuring a place for sexual and reproductive health and family planning within the SDGs.
Both SDG 3 on health and SDG 5 on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment include targets relating to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.
Target 3.7,under SDG 3, calls for universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning,information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.
Target 5.6,under SDG 5, calls for universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
What we do
Countdown 2030 Europe partners work across twelve western European countries and with the EU institutions to achieve the global inclusion of family planning in national, EU and global policy agendas to meet SDG targets. The follow-up of how the SDGs are implemented at national and European level, and the impact this has on targets related to sexual and reproductive health and family planning is a priority for the Consortium’s work.
In addition to reaching out to decision-makers, partners actively contribute to joint statements and civil society policies and declarations, helping to illustrate the links between sexual and reproductive health and family planning and other development issues, particularly poverty reduction, gender and health.