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EuroNGOs international conference


The EuroNGOs annual conference was held in Madrid, Spain, on 30-31 October. It was hosted by EuroNGOs Spanish member – the Federación de Planificación Familiar Estatal (FPFE). It gathered the sexual and reproductive health and rights community, and its partners, among it several ASTRA representatives. This event took place a month after the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, where the official post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations were launched, to spread ideas, analyse information, share intelligence and promote strategic thinking to support the SRHR community to influence the post-2015 negotiations; promote alliance building and international coordination, clarify positions and seek common ground to support the SRHR community advocacy work until September 2015 and mobilize organizations and individuals.

During the conference the Central and Eastern European region had been mentioned and discussed several times. This happened especially in the context of the rising opposition towards SRHR in the region, European Union and the West-East divide, the worrying influence of Russia on neighbouring countries in regard to anti-LGBT propaganda and laws hampering the works of national NGOs. Additionaly several voices from the region have raised the issue of CEE visibilty on international arena and the need to include its specifics in international discussions.

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