EuroNGOs Conference 2014

The 2014 EuroNGOs international conference, hosted by our Spanish member the  Federación de Planificación Familiar Estatal (FPFE), was held in Madrid on 30-31 October. It brought together 156 participants, from 29 countries all over the world. Participants represented 64 organizations from the sexual and reproductive health and rights community and beyond, and other constituencies close to our sector (including UN agencies, foundations, research centers and governments’ representatives).

The conference, focusing on the theme “Putting the puzzle together: SRHR in a post-2015 world”, called for the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the UN negotiations that will lead to the approval of a new set of developmental goals in September 2015. Designed around six interactive sessions, the conference gathered the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) community to:

  • Spread ideas, analyse information, share intelligence and promote strategic thinking to support the SRHR community to influence the post-2015 negotiations;
  • Promote alliance building and international coordination, clarify positions and seek common ground to support the SRHR community advocacy work until September 2015;
  • Mobilize organizations and individuals for actions that: Contribute to the advancement of the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action and the SRHR agenda through consistent actions that bring the outcomes of the ICPD Operational Review into the post-2015 negotiations; and Contribute to global efforts to include specific SRHR targets and indicators within the post-2015 development framework.



- Susan Nicolai, Head of Development Progress, ODI (download)

- “Sexual violence in conflict: A Public Healthcare Crisis”, Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict [video message]

- “Time to Act: achieving a world where no woman dies from unsafe abortion”, Michael Holscher, Senior Vice President and Director of International Programmes, Marie Stopes International (download)


“Best practices: defending women’s abortion rights in Spain”, Co-hosted by Alianza Por la Solidaridad and Creación Positiva.
- Introduction to the Draft  (Sagrario Monedero-Aps and Creación Positiva)
- Pressure from the Health Sector (Isabel Serrano, FPFE)
- International Pressure (Daniela Draghici, International Campaign for Safe Abortion)
- The use of international human rights mechanisms and legislation (Sandra Johansson, ApS)
- Pressure from the Feminists Movements  (Fiona Montagud O’Curry, Calala Fondo de Mujeres)

“Strategic Briefing and Discussion Session: EU post 2014 elections – where does support for SRHR stand?”, Co-hosted by DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) (download presentations on The New European Commission and on EU files and processes 2014-2015)

Briefing on AmplifyChange, a new CSO advocacy fund for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Hosted by AmplifyChange (download presentation)



Back to back with the Conference...

Several other events took place back to back with the conference, including:

  • Strategy Workshop: "Accountability for the post-2015 development framework: untapping civil society potential" (29 October). Read more
  • Annual General Meeting of EuroNGOs (31 October). The AGM was open to EuroNGOs members/observers only.