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Parliamentary questions
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1 February 2021
E-006040/2020(ASW)
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006040/2020

The European Union (EU) is committed to the effective implementation of the Beijing platform for action and the programme of action of the International Conference on Population and Development (1), and the outcomes of their review conferences, and remains committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights, in this context(2).

The EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024 (3) outlines the importance of promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. This is also one of the key priorities in the EU’s Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in External Relations 2021‐2025 (GAP III)(4). Implementation of GAP III takes place in close cooperation with partner governments and all key stakeholders.

The EU continues to raise matters relevant to the rights of women and girls, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, with all countries opposing these human rights — both EU Member States and third countries. This is in accordance with EU policies and actions as set out in the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025, and the fundamental principles laid down in the European Treaty. The EU sees it a key priority to achieve internal coherence on gender equality.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights also continue to be discussed in dialogues with third countries, such as political and human rights dialogues, including with a number of the countries that have signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration.

(1)https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/migration/generalassembly/docs/globalcompact/A_CONF.177_20.pdf .
(2)https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/24004/european-consensus-on-development-2-june-2017-clean_final.pdf
(3)https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/46838/st12848-en20.pdf
(4)https://ec.europa.eu/international-partnerships/system/files/join-2020-17-final_en.pdf
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