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08 May 2019

SRHR organisations unite to integrate SRHR into Climate Programming

16 SHRH organisations launch Global Call to Action on Earth Day.

On Earth Day, the 22nd April 2019, 16 SRHR organisations, led by MSI and IPPF, launched a global call to action for signatories of the Paris Declaration (or Paris Climate Agreement) to integrate SRHR into climate programming.

“When women and girls have children by choice rather than chance and can plan their family size as a matter of autonomy and dignity, they have improved health outcomes and are more engaged in social and economic activities in their communities. This contributes to sustainable development, and helps communities become resilient and more capable of adapting to the inevitable changes brought by climate change.

Many countries with a high unmet need for modern contraception also have a high vulnerability to climate change. Moreover, voluntary and rights-based family planning has been listed as #7 on Project Drawdown’s list of 100 diverse and cost-effective strategies to address climate change with a measurable impact. Meeting this unmet need for family planning could significantly reduce climate change vulnerability.“

There is already recognition by major scientific bodies such as the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change on the important role voluntary, rights-based family planning can play in climate adaptation and the reduction of vulnerability. The call to action highlights the contribution of rights-based family planning in adaptation and mitigation; to improve the lives of women and girls and furthering environmental and climate goals.

In addition to this, on World Population day, The Margaret Pyke Trust will be launching a related campaign on broader biodiversity issues that aims at Environmental Conservation and Family Planning.

This campaign is currently endorsed by 93 SRHR and conservation organizations including our Inspire Members DSW, BFPA, Marie Stopes and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.

To learn more about it, please contact Carina Hirsch at ch@populationandsustainability.org.

SOURCE: Margaret Pyke Trust- Population and sustainability network