Over 50 percent of the global development aid budget comes from the European Union and its member states, which makes the Union world's largest sponsor of development aid. Goals of the EU development co-operation include poverty alleviation, sustainable economic and social development, respect for human rights and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Right to decide on their one's sexuality, number and timing of their pregnancies, and improved chances to receive comprehensive sexuality education, sexual health care services and modern contraception are conditions for this positive development.

Väestöliitto has broad international and European networks which are needed to follow the debate surrounding development policy, to prepare new statements and to implement of common activities.

One of the most important networks is a consortium formed by 15 NGOs concerned with sexual health and family planning issues called Countdown 2030 Europe, which executes advocacy work in Europe.

Furthermore, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the network of European sexual health and reproductive rights-organizations (EuroNGOs) and the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) are the most central collaboration networks alongside the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF), which is an umbrella organization for all the population and development-focused working groups working in European the parliaments.

Väestöliitto is United Nations Population Fund UNFPA’s partner in Finland. Our goal is to increase Finnish MP’s, MEP’s and civil servants’ awareness, interest and commitment to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues and also to UNFPA. Our focus is also to increase youth participation and knowledge of the general public in SRHR issues. Yearly, in cooperation with UNFPA Nordic Office, we launch State of World population report and translate it into Finnish.

Support for Finnish decision-makers

The Global Development Unit of Väestöliitto also supports Finnish MEPs in their work with sexual health and reproductive rights. This work is performed by following and participating actively in the development policy discourse and by sharing up-to-date information in issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights.