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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

ACP Group partners with IPPF for health and global development

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have entered into a strategic partnership that will provide a solid basis for long-term co-operation on reproductive health, HIV and gender equality, IPPF said on 12th December 2013.
On 9th December, His Excellency ACP Secretary General Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni and Mr Tewodros Melesse, IPPF Director General, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the side of  the ACP Council of Ministers in Brussels.
IPPF, a global federation of autonomous, locally owned organisations, will be a key partner to the ACP Secretariat in terms of providing expertise in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), as the ACP Secretariat works in five of IPPF’s regions.
African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are facing numerous challenges which have an impact not only on economic development, but above all on the human and social development and SRHR.
The 2010 Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the ACP States and the European Union highlighted the need to address family planning, reproductive health and women’s rights as priorities for achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction.
This MOU complements those memoranda  that IPPF has already established with the African Union - where IPPF played a key role in the creation of a continental framework for sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of the Maputo Plan of Action -  and with UN agencies such as UNFPA and UNAIDS and the WHO (IPPF is the only NGO on the board of the WHO Reproductive Health and Research Policy and Coordination Committee); the Council of Europe (IPPF has Consultative Status with the Council of Europe and sits  on the Parliamentary Assembly) and the Africa Union where IPPF has extensive links with parliamentarians’ groups in donor and recipient countries enabling it to inform parliamentary dialogue.
Uniquely among international NGOs, IPPF was invited by the UN Secretary General to join the group convened to draft what became the UN’s Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health.

Source: ACP Press and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)