Internationally, Belgium is invested in the realisation of the ICPD through its support for its multilateral partners, civil society stakeholders and partner countries. Belgium has underlined the emphasis of its international cooperation on human rights, gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights.
Belgium took the lead in the ‘She Decides’ initiative, and has been integrating attention for SRHR in all its new bilateral cooperation programmes with partner countries. Belgium also increased its support for UNFPA, which it considers a crucial partner in the promotion of SRHR and has started to support UNFPA Supplies, which provides contraceptives in 46 countries, particularly trying to reach the most disadvantaged groups. Belgium also continues to invest in the HIV-AIDS response through its support for UNAIDS and the GFATM and seeks to promote the continued integration of SRH services and HIV prevention.
Belgium stated “we are convinced that the emancipation of women and girls, the access to family planning and modern contraceptives is indispensable for the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
Sensoa assisted the Belgian government in its reporting on its national and regional implementation of the ICPD to the UN and in the political process leading to the adoption of the political declaration at the 52nd session of the CPD, where all member states reconfirmed its importance for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
Read the Belgian statement at the 52nd CPD (in French)