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47th Commission on Population and Development

7 April 2014

The 47th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) was held from April 7-9. The theme was “Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development.”  The Commission took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York in Conference Room 1.
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What is the Commission on Population and Development?
Commission on Population and Development 7-9PD Beyond 2014 Global Report
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Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Side Events in Support of Every Woman Every Child

Realizing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls: A Breakthrough Strategy for Lasting Development and Prosperity 

 Realizing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls: A Breakthrough Strategy for Lasting Development and Prosperity took place on April 9. The event was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations and The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health at the Aspen Institute and is in support of Every Woman Every Child.

Featured Speakers

The Honorable Joy Phumaphi, Chair of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health
Director of Planning, Ministry of Finance, Zambia
Ms. Nana Kuo, Senior Manager, Every Woman Every Child Team
Ms. Kula Fofana, Paramount Young Women Initiative Liberia

Partnering to Achieve Shared Population, Health and Development Goals: Putting People’s Health at the Heart of Sustainable Development

The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Partners in Population and Development (PPD) and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) co- hosted a breakfast meeting in New York in support of Every Woman Every Child focused on the topic of “Putting Healthy People at the Center of Sustainable Development”.

The meeting which took place on the side of the 47th Commission on Population and Development (CPD), brought together ministers of health, senior officials from Member States and key partners including WHO, UNFPA and IPPF. It was an opportunity to take forward the findings and deliberations of the recently concluded ICPD operational review and give Member States an opportunity to review progress, gaps, challenges and emerging issues in relation to the ICPD Programme of Action. PPD countries represent over half the world’s population, have the largest youth population, and are grappling with aging while at the same time dealing with development challenges among other things.

The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. A.K. Abdul Momen chaired the meeting and during his intervention reiterated the commitment of Bangladesh to PPD on its 20th anniversary. He emphasized the importance of investing in health and education for sustainable development, as opposed to areas such as defense which he said consumed disproportionate resources, without contributing to development.

Dr. Joe Thomas, Executive Director PPD, gave a brief overview of PPD’s history and its intimate association with ICPD POA. He flagged a few key issues for PPD countries to note, such as supporting sexual and reproductive health services and rights, paying attention to key groups such as adolescents, as well as the role of aging and migration in the development agenda of these countries. He pointed out that in developing countries, unlike in the developed world, aging of the population is occurring even before the countries are economically developed, which makes south-south learning critical. He was proud to underline that PPD is now moving from being a donor funded partnership to one that is Member State funded, and therefore sustainable.

H.E. Matia Kasaija, Minister of State for Finance, Government of Uganda also echoed the sentiments of Bangladesh by also reaffirming his country’s commitment to PPD. He however stressed that despite making considerable progress, several major challenges still remain.

Ms Kate Gilmore, Board Member, PMNCH and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA, spoke about the critical role of the Cairo Consensus in putting people and human rights in the center of the development agenda. She reminded the gathering that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), is an integral part of human rights and inclusive development. She discussed SRHR in the context of adolescent health, stressing the importance of reaping the demographic dividend for PPD countries through investments in health including sexual reproductive health, education and employment opportunities for young, and the pivotal role that South-South collaboration plays in the present and future. She highlighted the economic, social and environmental returns of such investments and the fact that countries need to take a multi-sectoral approach to achieving sustainable development.

Mr Lov Verma, Secretary, MOHFW, Government of India outlined the comprehensive nature of the RKSK (Rasthriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram – or National Adolescent Health Program) which covers not only SRH, but malnutrition, substance abuse, mental health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and violence including gender-based violence. He noted that research shows about 33% of the disease burden and 60% of mortality in later years is rooted in adolescence. He talked of the importance of reaching adolescents in their own spaces and described the magnitude of the program in terms of health system needs (over 3.6 million peer educators and counsellors will be linked to 900,000 ASHA workers in the coming years). The program, he explained, is based on multi-sectoral collaboration and brings together many stakeholders for planning, implementation and monitoring.

The Bangladesh State Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr Zahid Maleque, highlighted some of the achievements of Bangladesh in reducing poverty and achieving high economic growth in a pro-poor policy environment. His intervention focused on ways to empower women through skills development, provision of credit facilities and social safety nets, pointing out that Bangladesh has a net school enrollment of 99.5% (of which 53% are girls). He went on to explain that this was achieved through a mix of policies such as school feeding, provision of free text books, stipends for girls, among other things. He also acknowledged that several major challenges remain including malnutrition (particularly stunting), deliveries by unskilled providers, child marriage and vulnerability to natural disasters.

Mr He Zhaohua, Deputy Director General of the Department of Family Development, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China hailed PPD as an important platform in South South Collaboration, particularly for a country like China with the world’s largest population. He spoke of China’s long association with PPD and how the country has already committed over $2 million in commodities, training and technology to follow population trends.

The Undersecretary of Brazil’s National Committee on Population and Development, Mr Ricardo Paes de Barros spoke of the strides Brazil is making in improving the health of its population by adding one year to the population’s life expectancy every two years. The country, however, is still struggling to reduce its MMR and teenage pregnancy which is a major concern, and he acknowledged the role of Commission on Population Development in helping countries learn from each other’s experiences. The Undersecretary also pointed out that even though South-South collaboration is not a replacement for ODA, it can make a significant difference on the ground.

Dr. Tewodros Melesse, Director General, IPPF, concluded the interventions by urging Member States to use the opportunity of the CPD to ensure that the rights of women and youth are protected as stated and agreed in the Human Rights Declaration.

A people centered, rights based approach to sustainable development that the ICPD set forth is as true today as it was 20 years ago. South-South collaboration is a powerful addition to ODA in terms of knowledge sharing, technology transfer and financial support in making this a reality.

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Celebrating Progress for Girls and Women

Celebrating Progress for Girls and Women” took place on April 7. The event was hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the organization Women Deliver and was held in support of Every Woman Every Child. This events offered an opportunity to celebrate successes for the past two decades, evaluate gaps and recommit to working together for greater progress around the world.

Featured Speakers

Ingrid Skjotskift, Political Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Katja Iversen, Incoming CEO, Women Deliver
Dr. Fred Sai, Physician and Former Chairman for the Main Committee of the International Conference on Population and Development, Ghana
Nargris Shirazi, Member of the Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders, Uganda
Jill Sheffield, Founder and President, Women Deliver  
World Urban Forum: Urban Equity in Development

4 April 2014

The World Urban Forum: Urban Equity in Development will take place from April 5-11th in Medelin, Colombia. It will focus on equity and sanitation in urban settings. To learn more click here
A High-Level Interactive Debate on the ICPD Beyond 2014 and Human Progress and Sustainability

4 April 2014

On April 4 a High-Level Interactive Debate on the ICPD Beyond 2014 and Human Progress and Sustainability will be held at the UN Secretariat. For those not in New York on that date, you can follow the interactive debate via a live webcast and moderated global twitter feed, which would focus on the keynote statements involving a moderator and the high level guests with New York based delegations as the audience. To learn more click here.
Seventh AU-ECA Joint Annual Meeting

25 March 2014

The Seventh Joint AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will be held on  25 to 30 March 2014, Abuja, Nigeria on the theme, “Industrialization for inclusive and transformative development in Africa”. The Conference will aim to provide a platform for policy makers to articulate concrete proposals to catalyze implementation of the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa (AIDA) and increase commitment and actions to advance Africa’s industrial development agend. To learn more click here
World TB Day

24 March 2014

World TB Day, honored on March 24th each year, is designed to build awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the death of nearly one-and-a- half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. Click here to learn more. To learn more about Every Woman Every Child partners working to end TB click here.
WASH Conference 2014

24 March 2014

The theme for this week-long event, from March 24-28th, is "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Everyone, Everywhere", with subthemes: Equitable access, universal services, achieving health outcomes with WASH; and Sustaining services and outcomes.
World Water Day

22 March 2014

World Water Day 2014 is honored on March 22, and addresses the nexus of water and energy and it will be coordinated by the United Nations University and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization on behalf of UN-water. To learn more click here. To learn more about Every Woman Every Child parnters working on sanitation click here.
Germany High- Level Symposium on "Accountable and Effective development cooperation in a post-2015 era"

20 March 2014

The Germany High- Level Symposium on "Accountable and Effective development cooperation in a post-2015 era" is taking place from March 20-21st in Berlin, Germany. The Symposium will examine key concepts of accountability and quality and effectiveness in development cooperation. It will focus specifically on how these concepts could be usefully featured in the design and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. It will further explore how to engage the increasingly diverse group of development actors in a renewed global partnership for development, in a more coherent, effective and legitimate manner. To learn more click here.
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