Future Planning Initiative: A leadership opportunity for the Government of Canada

Organized by a small group of Canadian organizations, the Future Planning Initiative emerged out of a meeting of experts representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publicly elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the meeting were to develop a shared understanding of issues related to SRHR (including global gaps), to explore options for a collective approach to Canada’s SRHR policy over the next five years, and to build momentum for such an approach.

By giving adolescents and young women more control over their bodies [...]


Letter to the Honourable Rob Nicholson on Human Righs Council Resolution on Violence Against Women

June 8, 2015

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2

Dear Hon. Mr. Nicholson,   I write to you on behalf of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD), an all-party parliamentary association that works to advance issues related to population, health, women’s empowerment and development. CAPPD is made up of members from the House of Commons and the Senate, representing all major political parties.

We first want to congratulate Canada on [...]


Overview of Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach Summit

In May 2014, Canada hosted a high level summit on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The Summit, entitled Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach, built on the Muskoka Initiative on MNCH announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the G8 summit in June 2010, which committed governments to collectively spend $7.3 billion between 2010 and 2015 to accelerate progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, specifically the reduction of maternal, infant and child mortality in developing countries. Total Government of Canada contribution [...]


Canada hosts high level summit on maternal, newborn and child health – Toronto, Canada, May 28-30 2014

Starting today, Canada is host to a high level summit on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The Summit, entitled Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach, builds on the Muskoka Initiative on MNCH announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the G8 summit in June 2010. It commits governments to collectively spend $7.3 billion between 2010 and 2015 to accelerate progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, specifically the reduction of maternal, infant and [...]


Government of Canada responds to Order Paper Question concerning Muskoka Initiative

On January 23rd, the Government of Canada responded to a question posed by CAPPD member, Kirsty Duncan, concerning Canada’s support for family planning within the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child (MNCH) health.

The question posed to the Government was:

“With regard to Canada’s Muskoka Initiative:
(a) what definition of family planning services is the government using?
(b) what are the top five projects recipient of family planning funding and their amounts?
(c) regarding the $5 million Canada has pledged to fight early and [...]