Doc. 9512 revised

10 July 2002

European strategy for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health

Motion for a resolution

presented by Mrs McCafferty and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

      Considering that every individual has the right to health as defined by the World Health Organisation as meaning a state of physical, mental and social well-being, this including sexual and reproductive health;

      Considering that the Assembly has repeatedly expressed its support for sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world1, but has not yet explored these issues in the Council of Europe member states;

      Taking note that in many Council of Europe member states:

– teenage pregnancies are on the rise;

– HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections are increasing at among the fastest rates in the world;

– shortages in contraceptive commodity supplies have been declared in numerous member states;

– abortion rates in some member states remain among the highest in the world as a result of a lack of appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services;

      Taking note of the appeal of the NGO Sub-Grouping on Health and Sexuality for the Assembly to look at the sexual and reproductive health situation in Council of Europe member states and to devise an appropriate response;

      The Assembly decides to study the sexual and reproductive health situation in Europe and devise an appropriate European strategy for sexual and reproductive health.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed : 2

McCafferty, United Kingdom, SOC

Alís Font, Andorra, SOC

Arnau, Spain, SOC

Berzinš, Latvia, NR

Cox, United Kingdom, SOC

Evin, France, SOC

Gustafsson, Sweden, EPP/CD

Hancock, United Kingdom, LDR

Luhtanen, Finland, SOC

Olekas, Lithuania, SOC

1        Recent examples include the report on the State of the World Population by Chr. Lörcher and the report on Demographic Change and Sustainable Development by D. Paslaru.

2        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group