United Nations - Sexual and reproductive rights - Jean-Marie Le Guen’s participation in the Commission on Population and Development (3 April 2017)


Jean-Marie Le Guen, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, is taking part today in the opening session of the UN Commission on Population and Development at the UN headquarters in New York.

In his speech, he will reaffirm France’s attachment to the respect for and the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights as fundamental rights which contribute toward achieving the sustainable development goals.

Jean-Marie Le Guen will notably stress the right of young people to make free and informed choices regarding their personal lives and in particular to have access to sexual and reproductive health services. Nearly 22 million women around the world risk their lives every year to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

Convinced that access to family planning and safe and legal abortion services are key to empowering women, the minister of state will affirm France’s support for the “She decides” initiative launched by the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.

This inspiring initiative reaffirms that women must be able to decide when they want children and how many they want.