The 23rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) took place in Horsens, Denmark, from 28 to 30 May 2012. The Assembly, comprised of Members of Parliament from the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) States and the European Union (EU) Member States, held political discussions on common key issues.
The ACP-EU JPA was well attended by ACP and European civil society organizations ranging from framers’ organizations to heath organizations such as Marie Stopes International (MSI) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN). MSI and IPPF EN attended the ACP-EU JPA in the framework of a joint activity under Countdown2015Europe with the objective of ensuring that Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and social issues are taken up in the current negotiations on the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).
Prior to the opening of the 23rd session, MSI addressed EU and ACP representatives at the Women’s Forum and stressed the importance of improving access to health services for women in rural areas. The recommendations formulated by MSI brought about positive reactions from the audience. The powerpoint presentation is available here.