Denmark continues to be a strong political and financial supporter of sexual and reproductive health and family planning (SRH/FP). 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; 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 2020 (postponed to 2021).
In 2020, Denmark furthermore took over the role of Lead of the ‘Call to Action’ on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, which is a global initiative of governments and donors, international and non-governmental organisations working with the aim to drive change and foster accountability from the humanitarian system to address GBV from the earliest phases of a crisis.
The Danish All Party Parliamentary Group on SRH/FP continues to stand strong in the Danish Parliament with more than 50 members (out of 189).
Moreover, Denmark remains supportive to SRH/FP 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.
Policies & funding
In 2017 a broad majority of Danish political parties adopted the strategy “The World 2030 – Denmark’s strategy for development cooperation and humanitarian action”, which is still directing Danish ODA. The strategy, which centres around Danish contributions to implementation of the SDGs, has four strategic priorities. One of these is “Freedom – democracy, human rights and (gender) equality”, which places at its centre the protection and advancement of the human rights of women and girls, including to SRHR.
Total SRH/FP funding from Denmark reached a record high of DKK 721 million (€ 96.6 million) in 2019. This was especially due to record high contributions to specific SRH/FP initiatives such as the Global Financing Facility, increasing from DKK 25 million (€ 3,3 million) in 2018 to DKK 75 million (€ 10 million) in 2019, and core funding to UNFPA increasing from DKK 225 million (€ 30 million) in 2018 to DKK 300 million (€ 40 million) in 2019. Funding to the UNFPA Supplies programme, however, saw a cut from DKK 163 million (€22 million) in 2018 to DKK 113 million (€15 million) in 2019, whilst other earmarked funding for UNFPA increased.
Denmark remains vocal in global negotiations on advancement of SRH/FP, including access to modern contraception, amongst other fora, in 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 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
- Government priorities for Danish cooperation policy 2018 and 2019
Updated January 2021
Beyond 2020 Roundtable: European donor support to SRHR and FP... January 12, 2021
Rights under pressure September 14, 2020
- European Institutions
- United Kingdom