Population dynamics are both drivers and outcomes of sustainable development. Trends such as ageing, fertility decline, urbanization, international migration require proactive responses to achieve sustainable development and a higher quality of life for all people, without compromising the needs of future generations. Central to this goal is the full recognition of the human rights of all persons without distinction of any kind, gender equality and full access to sexual and reproductive health services and enjoyment of reproductive rights.
Responding to this challenge, member States of the United Nations at the International Conference on Population and Development recognised that “human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development” and adopted a Programme of Action to spur action on this consensus.
Since the adoption of this Programme of Action, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has supported regional review and follow-up in partnership with UNFPA. In the latest review in 2013, member States adopted the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development as the outcome of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference. It outlined progress on population and development and highlighted region-specific policy directions and priority actions to ensure the effective implementation of the Programme of Action in the region.
The Declaration requested that ESCAP and UNFPA conduct a regional intergovernmental review meeting of the implementation of the Programme of Action, the key actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the recommendations of the present Declaration in 2018 in preparation for the Seventh Asian and Pacific Population Conference in 2023.
In response to this mandate, ESCAP and UNFPA are organising the Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Declaration on Population and Development Conference from 26-28 November 2018.
Guidelines for Government Delegates
Guidelines for United Nations Agencies
Guidelines for Non-Governmental Organizations
Leading up to the Midterm Review of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, the Social Development Division is briefing the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission (ACPR) on a regular basis.
The following PowerPoints are available:
27 August 2018
11 October 2018
General information for side event organizers
Side events are organized outside the formal programme of the intergovernmental conference, and provide an excellent opportunity for Member States, Observer States, Observers, UN entities and civil society to discuss themes of the conference or present relevant initiatives.
Potential organizers are encouraged to co-organize side events (i.e. with UN entities, CSOs etc.).
Side event organizers are requested to submit the side event request form [click here to download] to the Social Development Division by 26 October 2018. Should you require a fillable form, please contact [email protected] Organizers are further requested to send a 1 – 2 pages side event flyer for posting on the meeting website by 12 November 2018.
Rooms will be allocated by the meeting organizers; where the total number of requested side events exceed the number of rooms available, the meeting organizers reserve the right to select the side events of most relevance to the meeting theme.
Organizers are kindly requested to hold their event in English or make their own interpretation arrangements as interpretation services are not available for side events.
The meeting organizers are not in a position to provide financial support to side event organizers or their invited guests.
Once a room has been secured and a date and time have been set, the side event will be added to the list of side events posted on the website for the intergovernmental conference [a calendar of events will be posted online].
For more information related to the organization of side events, please contact [email protected]