The countries also underline the need to assume responsibility for social protection and to ensure adolescent health, rights and wellbeing during schools close-down. Any restrictions to the enjoyment of human rights should be prescribed by law in accordance with international law and rigorously assessed.
The 58 countries call upon all leaders to recognise the key role of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in health emergencies and the need for robust health systems to save lives. In this context, they consider sexual health services as essential. And stated: “We recommit to the immediate implementation of the UHC political declaration by all. Funding sexual and reproductive health and rights should remain a priority to avoid a rise in maternal and newborn mortality, an increased unmet need for contraception, and an increased number of unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted infections”.
The countries’ leaders also recommit to, despite the pressure on supply chains, providing all women and girls of reproductive age with reproductive health commodities and call on governments around the world to ensure full and unimpeded access to all sexual and reproductive health services for all women and girls.
For Belgium, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo signed the statement, published on May 6th 2020.