Groups Appeal To G8/G20 To Address Family Planning, Reproductive Health During Meetings

“The All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development last week gathered over 50 parliamentarians from across the world to show a united voice in making sure the [G8 and G20] countries talk about family planning during their meetings next month,” Devex reports. “‘We demand that G8/G20 leaders place family planning in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights at the core of the post-2015 development agenda,’ they said in an appeal to the leaders,” the news service notes. “[O]bservers within the aid community told Devex that flagging momentum for accelerating progress in maternal and child health was evident in recent G8 meetings,” the news service writes, adding, “InterAction, an alliance of U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, earlier asked rich countries to make good on their promise to increase funding for newborn, child and maternal health, although this year policy talks at the G8 Summit revolve around food and nutrition.” According to Devex, InterAction stated in a recent policy paper (.pdf), “If the G8 is serious about ending preventable child deaths in a generation, the time to invest is now” (Alliage Morales, 5/17).

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