PSN delivers population workshop for reproductive health advocates

June 2, 2014

SOURCE: PSN

PSN travelled to Brussels to provide a training workshop on population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health, and rights and sustainable development for members of the EURONGOs network.

Credit: PSN

Building knowledge, exploring links

PSN facilitated the EURONGOs (European NGOs for sexual and reproductive health and rights, population and development)workshop, Population Dynamics and SRHR: Effective advocacy partners for sustainable development and the post-2015 goals, in partnership with the Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat) and the Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA). 

Held over 2 days, 20-21 May 2014, it was attended by around 30 delegates from a number of European organisations working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including family planning.

The workshop was designed to raise awareness of the links between population dynamics, SRHR, the environment, and development issues, and to encourage and enable reproductive health organisations to focus more strongly on the links between each of these issues.

Joining PSN were a variety of speakers, including Stan Bernstein (Consultant), Marianne Haslegrave of Commat, Michael Hermann and Diego Palacios of UNFPA, and Mette Kirstine Schmidt of DFPA/Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA).

PSN’s Karen Newman Chaired the workshop and Sarah Fisher facilitated the opening session, consisting of a population and sustainable development “balloon quiz”.

On the first day of the workshop, delegates were engaged in a knowledge-building session to increase knowledge and understanding of key demographic trends and changes, including urbanisation, ageing, migration and population growth and decline, and their significance for sustainable development.

This was followed by sessions exploring the status of SRHR and population dynamics in the Open Working Group discussions and other key processes, with strategic discussions about key opportunities for advocacy.

This was followed by sessions exploring the status of SRHR and population dynamics in the Open Working Group discussions and other key processes, with strategic discussions about key opportunities for advocacy, including opportunities to input PSDA's suggested goals, targets and indicators.

Key messages for post-2015

On day two of the workshop, delegates focused on creating key messages on the links between various population dynamics, SRHR, and issues such as environmental degradation, food and water security, and climate change.

These messages will help delegates to better influence the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are currently being negotiated as part of the Post-2015 agenda.

A key conclusion of the workshop was that population and SRHR issues are not only of great significance for the post-2015 agenda, but that making these links, including through reaching out to other organisations with diverse interests and areas of specialism, will be critical for ensuring the prioritisation of population and family planning issues in ways that respect and protect human rights.

PSN would like to thank EURONGOs, DFPA and Commat for their support in developing and facilitating the workshop, and the delegates who helped to make the event such a success.