Sexuality Education in Europe - conference documentation

The international conference “Sexuality Education: Lessons Learned and Future Developments in the WHO European Region” hosted by BZgA in Berlin on 15 & 16 May 2017 was attended by over 180 experts on sexual and reproductive health and sexuality education from more than 30 countries throughout the WHO European Region. It gathered representatives of government ministries, international and national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), research institutions as well as international and intra-national organizations.

More than 10 years following a first joint conference of BZgA and WHO Regional Office for Europe on sexuality education in Europe, this conference offered the opportunity to promote evidence-based comprehensive sexuality education as integral part of health promotion and as crucial element supporting the healthy development of children and young people in line with the WHO ‘Action plan for sexual and reproductive health: towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – leaving no one behind.

By means of various conference tracks including keynote speeches, interactive plenary discussions and parallel group sessions, the event set the frame for an intensive exchange on the trends and the situation of sexuality education in the WHO European Region during the past decade and a reflection about challenges and future strategies related to the implementation and improvement of sexuality education.

The conference in five minutes

The short film presents a panoramic view of the various conferences formats in audio and video sequences and provides an impression of the conference atmosphere.

The conference as multimedia story

The interactive multimedia documentation provides a detailed insight into the contents of the various conference formats and the results of the conference. It enables you to scroll through different chapters, listen to the various speeches again and read about the main outcomes of different sessions.

The conference as printed editon

In the printed version of the conference report you will find a shortened version of opening speeches and keynote interventions as well as summary results of the discussions held during plenary and group sessions.

The printed edition is available for download.

Selected speeches to listen to

The conference heard opening speeches from the director of the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung [Federal Centre for Health Education] (BZgA), Germany, Gunta Lazdane on behalf of the WHO Regional Director for Europe, the head of unit for the pregnancy conflicts law, sexuality education and women with disabilities in the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany, and the head of unit for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention at the Federal Ministry of Health, Germany. The opening speeches were followed by a presentation from Gunta Ladzane of the WHO Regional Office for Europe.


Dr. med Heidrun Thaiss (BZgA)

Welcome speech

Dr. Gunta Lazdane (WHO EURO)

Welcome speech

Julia Krieger (BMFSFJ)

Welcome speech

Ines Perea (BMG)

Keynote speech

Dr. Gunta Lazdane (WHO EURO)

Sexuality Education in Europe and Central Asia

State of the Art and Recent Developments – An Overview of 25 Countries

This report presents the results of a new assessment of the status of sexuality education in the European Region of the WHO which includes 53 countries from western Europe, eastern Europe and central Asia. It is largely based on answers to a detailed questionnaire sent out to respondents in 25 countries in this region who, it was felt, are well informed about sexuality education in their respective countries. The research project was initiated and implemented by the German Federal Centre for Health Education, BZgA, and the European Network of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, IPPF EN.

This research constitutes an updated assessment of the situation in selected countries of western and eastern Europe and central Asia which were only partly covered by two previous studies conducted a decade ago by IPPF EN (the Sexual Awareness for Europe (SAFE) project) and BZgA (Country Papers on Youth Sex Education in a Multicultural Europe).

Main findings

Olena Ivanova and Dr Evert Ketting

BZgA as WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health

BZgA has been a WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health since 2003. The thematic focus lies on sexuality education in the WHO European region, a theme in which BZgA has many years of experience on the national as well as on the international level. As WHO Collaborating Centre it engages in the development of frameworks and materials for different target groups in the eld of sexuality education, in the development of standards, in research and in the organization of seminars and conferences for knowledge transfer and networking.

More Subjects

Sexual abuse / sexualized violence

Family planning

Youth sexuality