Denmark continues to be a strong political and financial supporter of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Denmark was among the co-initiators of the SheDecides initiative in 2018; a co-host of the ICPD+25 Summit in Nairobi, marking the 25th anniversary of the ICPD Programme of Action in November 2019; the Lead of the ‘Call to Action’ on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies since 2020; and a co-lead of the Action Coalition on SRHR and Bodily Autonomy under the Generation Equality Forum in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 2021.
The Danish All Party Parliamentary Group on SRHR continues to stand strong in the Danish Parliament with 56 members (out of 179).
Moreover, Denmark remains supportive to SRHR in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been outspoken about the country’s role in diminishing the impact brought by the crisis including via its development cooperation and financial contributions.
Policies & funding
In 2021 a broad majority of Danish political parties adopted the strategy “The World We Share’ – Denmark’s strategy for development cooperation”. In this strategy, democracy and human rights are seen as the foundation of the development cooperation, upon which the focus areas of climate change and fragility are based. The strategy underscores that gender equality and girls and women’s rights are cross-cutting priorities in both humanitarian work and development interventions; that Denmark will continue to be an international leader in the fight for gender equality and protection of girls and women’s rights; and that sexual and reproductive health and rights continues to be a focus area.
Total funding for sexual and reproductive health and family planning (SRH/FP) from Denmark reached DKK 805 million (€ 108 million) in 2020. Denmark’s core contributions to UNFPA returned to the level of DKK 225 million (€ 30 million), while other core funding remained steady, such as DKK 25 million (€ 3 million) for WHO, and DKK 50 million (€ 6.7 million) for IPPF, to mention a few. In addition, Denmark continued investing in some of the same UNFPA earmarked programmes as in 2019, having contributed DKK 113 million (€ 15 million) to UNFPA Supplies, and DKK 12 million (€ 1.6 million) to UNFPA Innovation Facility. The agency also received additional funds as a part of the COVID-19 response, and on top of humanitarian assistance. In 2020, the country also supported SRH/FP through government-to-government, with a total of DKK 152 million (€20 million) and started contributing to the Muskoka Fund.
In addition to these initiatives, Denmark supported some governance and HIV research programmes, bringing the country’s total contribution to SRHR up to DKK 940 million (€126 million).
At the Generation Equality Forum in 2021, the Danish government pledged DKK 100 million to SRHR, divided equally between UNFPA Supplies to address needs for modern contraception and IPPF to ensure focus on CSE.
Denmark remains vocal in global negotiations on advancement of SRH/FP such as the UN Commission on Population and Development and the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Danish support for SRHR is detailed in the following documents:
- ‘The World We Share’ - Denmark’s strategy for development cooperation (2021-2025)
- 'The Danish strategy on support to SRHR’, a sub-strategy launched by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2006. This SRHR strategy is guiding the Danish interventions on SRHR. The strategy was reviewed in 2010 and again in 2014
- Priorities of the Danish Government for Development Cooperation (2022-2025)
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