France’s external action on issues of population and sexual and reproductive health and rights 2016-2020 (October 2016)


In 2030, the world population is expected to exceed 8.5 billion. Access to the fundamental right of sexual and reproductive health is therefore one of the main challenges of the 21st century.

Currently, responses and investments do not correspond to needs. The effectiveness of programmes depends on access to information, products and services. To meet these challenges, France has adopted for the first time a strategy on issues of population and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

France’s action focuses on geographical areas where health and demographic challenges are more significant, namely West and Central Africa.

This strategy, which is the outcome of consultations with French and international actors concerned with this issue, provides a reference framework for French development institutions and has three priority objectives: improve international, regional and national regulatory frameworks for sexual and reproductive rights, increase access to modern contraceptives through an integrated approach, and facilitate access for female and male adolescents and young people to sexual and reproductive health services in order to reduce harmful practices.

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