Overall, Denmark continues to be a strong political and financial supporter of sexual and reproductive health and family planning (SRH/FP). Denmark was one of the co-initiators of the SheDecides initiative, and in March 2018, the Minister for Development Corporation co-hosted the one-year anniversary celebration of SheDecides at a High-Level conference in South Africa. Furthermore, Denmark was one of three co-hosts – together with UNFPA and Kenya – of the ICPD+25 Summit in Nairobi in November 2019, marking the 25th anniversary of the ICPD Programme of Action and calling for acceleration of the promises to fully implement the ICPD agenda.
In October 2019, the new Danish government released its priorities for Danish development cooperation for 2020. It has women/gender equality and education – which includes SRH/FP - as a key priority and it describes “record high” investments in SRH/FP in 2020.
The Danish All Party Parliamentary Group on SRH/FP continues to stand strong in the Danish Parliament with more than 50 members (out of 189).
Policies & funding
In 2017 a broad majority of Danish political parties adopted the strategy “The World 2030 – Denmark’s strategy for development cooperation and humanitarian action”, which is now directing Danish ODA. The strategy, which is centred around Danish contributions to implementation of the SDGs, has four strategic priorities. One of these is “Freedom – democracy, human rights and (gender) equality”, which centres around the protection and advancement of the human rights of women and girls, including to SRHR.
Total SRH/FP funding from Denmark in 2018 was DKK 562.5 million (€ 75 million), compared to DKK 640 million (€86 million) in 2017. Funding to UNFPA Supplies programme almost tripled, from DKK 163 million (€8 million) in 2017 to DKK 163 million (€22 million) in 2018. The state budget saw increases in support to UNFPA, and through additional allocations since 2017 – including, inter alia to UNFPA, UNFPA supplies, Amplify Change, IPPF and Global Financing Facility. In 2019 this number has even seen a further small increase from an already historically high level.
Denmark remains vocal in global negotiations on advancement of SRH/FP, including access to modern contraception, amongst other fora, in UN Commission on Population and Development and the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Danish support for SRHR is detailed in the following documents:
'The Danish strategy on support to SRHR’, a sub-strategy launched by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2006. This SRHR strategy is guiding the Danish interventions on SRHR. The strategy was reviewed in 2010 and again in 2014
- Government priorities for Danish cooperation policy 2018 and 2019
Updated January 2020
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