The projects of BOCS, its global education work, its social awareness work, and its international partnerships help Hungary to fulfill its international obligations to support poor countries, the Cairo Programme of Action, the Millenium Development Goals between 2000 and 2015, and the Sustainable Development Goals since 2015. All these contribute to enforcing human rights, protecting nature and the environment, gender equality, alleviating poverty, improving public safety, and achieving peace.
When it comes to protecting nature and the environment, the BOCS Foundation has been engaged in climate protection since 1992 (This is the year the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was founded). Its activity predominantly helps the prevention of greenhouse gas emissions, in the spirit of the Kyoto Protocol that was adopted in 1997 and entered into force in 2005, as well as the 2015 Paris Agreement. In the last decade, the BOCS Foundation has worked in multiple African countries as the Hungarian partner of larger Western organizations. The Foundation continually offsets its own carbon emissions.
At the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, the emission reduction efficiency of the basic human right of contraception (UN, 1968) has been discussed on a political level. Based on carbon footprints and life expectancy, the emission reduction effect of this type of public awareness activity can be measured through the number of unintended pregnancies prevented.[*][**]
The lack of contraception opportunities not only refers to the lack of means, but also, that women may not have the right or know-how to use them, or that the socioeconomic system does not make them accessible or affordable. Education and media, persuading policy makers, pressure on budgets, technical development, liberation of women, starting movements, changing the mindset of healthcare, etc. all help to achieve a state where only prepared couples conceive children, as a result of a responsible decision.
The Hungarian share of international development (ODA, Official Development Assistance) means that the UN expects Hungary to allocate 0.7% of its GNI to help poor countries (in practice, this barely exceeds 0.1%). For years, none of the Hungarian ODA budget went to making contraception available. From 2003, BOCS was a member of the advisory body of Foreign Affairs (until it was terminated after a decade). After a few years, it occurred that a few million forints went to contraception. In 2015, about 50 million forints were allocated for this cause, which was of course still only 0.12% of the Hungarian ODA (in Britain or Scandinavia, the ratio was ten times higher). Thus, there is still a lot to do to help people realize that making contraception widely available in poor countries is also a basic Hungarian interest! Making the means of responsible family planning widely available is the basic interest of even the developed countries, as it contributes to climate protection, and to the solution of global environmental and social issues. http://euromapping.org/
[*] Haul Hawken (szerk.), Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Penguin Books, 2017.
[**] Seth Wynes & Kimberly A. Nicholas, The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions, Environmental Research Letters, 2017.