SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE PACIFIC

LABOR SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

12 July 2017

LABOR WELCOMES GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO FAMILY PLANNING

Labor welcomes the significant increase in global commitments to family planning announced at yesterday’s London Family Planning Summit (FPS).

The $2.5 billion (USD) in new funding comes at a critical time when global progress on family planning has slowed.

The US, the world’s largest bilateral donor, has made major reductions in funding for family planning globally following the new administration’s decision in January to reintroduce the “global gag rule”.

This has left the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with a funding gap of $700 million until 2020.

Yesterday ministers from Canada, the UK, Europe, developing countries and the private sector all pledged revitalised funding in response to the United States’ significant reduction.

The Turnbull government made a brief announcement of renewed funding at the summit, however this is only a modest first step for Australia in joining the global response to meet the shortfall left by US reductions. Australia must do more.

New funding for the UNFPA will be vital to the ongoing work of this agency, and to supporting women around the world.

The funding for the Pacific reflects the particular needs of our region, where the issues of reproductive health and population are significant.

“I want to acknowledge the vibrant campaign of women’s health and family planning organisations to pressure the government to make a commitment at this conference,” Senator Moore said.