21 July 2017
2017 – London Family Planning Summit
As part of Canada’s strong commitment to women’s and girls’ empowerment, gender equality and a feminist international agenda, Canada is taking a comprehensive approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all. Canada’s commitment to FP2020, in support of Every Woman Every Child, will include support for policies and programs and advocacy that provide comprehensive sexuality education, strengthen reproductive health services, and invest in family planning and contraceptives. Canada will also support initiatives that prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence and child early and forced marriage, support the right to choose safe and legal abortion, and increase access to post-abortion care. Canada will focus in particular on addressing the rights and unique needs of adolescents and women and girls in humanitarian and fragile contexts. We will empower them as positive agents of change and first responders in some of the most challenging situations in the world – committing to leaving no one behind. By investing in demand-side interventions, Canada will empower women and adolescents to know the rights and services that they are entitled to as well as improve their access. We will join forces with others and pursue partnerships that engage the voice and participation of women and girls in our interventions, to leverage resources, fund an appropriate mix of contraceptive services, build momentum, ensure accountability, and set us on the path to achieving the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals.
As Chair of the G8, Canada made maternal, newborn and child health a priority for the G8 Muskoka Summit in June 2010. At the Muskoka Summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper committed C$1.1billion in new and additional funding for women’s and children’s health as part of the Muskoka Initiative. Prime Minister Harper also confirmed renewal of existing resources of C$1.75 billion, meaning Canada will provide C$2.85 billion for MNCH by 2015. Canada will focus its efforts on improving the services and care needed to ensure healthy pregnancies and safe delivery, and placing a particular emphasis on meeting the nutritional needs of pregnant women, mothers, newborns and young children. Canada will work to increase access to the high-impact, cost-effective interventions that address the leading killers of children under the age of five. Canada will also commit an additional $540 million over three years to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This is in addition to a total of $978.4 million that Canada has committed and disbursed to the Global Fund since 2002.
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