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Thursday, 01 July 2010

Cashman: We must keep our commitments to developing countries

The European Parliament today called on the EU Council and member states to keep their commitments to developing countries. It urged member states and the Commission to reverse the decline in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights in developing countries. Michael Cashman, S&D MEP and author of a report approved today, stressed that member states promised to give 0.7% of their GNI to development before 2015. He warned that the EU already looks set to fall up to 20 billion euro short of its 2010 mid-term goal and some member states are even scaling back aid."We need member states to keep the promises they made when times were good. I don't want to see more starvation and disease in the coming years. No more women dying in childbirth and no more children under five dying of preventable diseases."The Parliament, following an S&D initiative, gave its support to voluntary family planning, safe abortion, treatment of sexually transmitted infections and the provision of reproductive health supplies, including condoms.Mr Cashman regretted that many members from the right and centre-right refused to support the report on the sole basis of these fundamental rights. He recalled that maternal mortality claims over half a million women's lives a year and progress has been negligible.

Source: Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament

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