Population trends, impacts on sustainable development to be spotlighted at regional UN midterm review

Population dynamics are both drivers and outcomes of sustainable development. Population ageing, fertility decline, urbanization and migration require proactive responses to achieve sustainable development and a higher quality of life for all people, without compromising the needs of future generations.

Responding to this challenge in the region that is home to 60% of the world’s population, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are organizing the Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development Conference from 26 to 28 November 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok.

The regional intergovernmental meeting will review progress and set future actions on implementation of the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and recommendations of the 2013 Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development.

Over three days, policymakers, development experts and civil society representatives will engage in discussions on population dynamics and inequality, universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, vulnerable groups and resilience to climate change disasters. Outcomes from the meeting will inform the global review of the ICPD Programme of Action in New York next year.

What: Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Declaration on Population and Development
Where: UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand
When: 26-28 November 2018
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Ms. Laura Londén, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Management) of UNFPA
  • Honourable Vaine Makiroa Mokoroa, Minister of Internal Affairs, Cook Islands
  • H.E. Richard Maru, Minister of National Planning and Monitoring, Papua New Guinea
  • Honourable Lanelle Olandrea Tanangada, Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Solomon Islands
  • H.E. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty, Fiji (TBC)
  • H.E. Mr. Teburoro Tito, Kiribati Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Media Highlights:

26 November 2018

09:00 – 10:00 Opening of the Meeting
10:20 – 12:00 High-level Panel: Progress towards the Implementation of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development in the Era of Sustainable Development
12:00 – 13:00 Side Event: Comprehensive Sexuality Education: A Foundation for Life and Love
12:00 – 13:00 Side Event: Leveraging on ICPD PoA, Beijing PoA and the SDGs to Promote Young People’s SRHR
13:00 – 14:00 Side Event: Raising the Bar on Gender Equality and Women's Health in the Age of Climate Change
13:00 – 14:00 Side Event: Family, Community and State in Ageing Societies

27 November 2018
12:00 – 13:00 Side Event: A Multistakeholder Approach to Healthy and Active Ageing
12:00 – 14:00 Side Event: ICPD Works in the Philippines - From Advocacy to Legislation to the Community

28 November 2018
12:00 – 14:00 Side Event: Putting People First - Role of Impact Investment and Innovation Towards Sustainable Population Development
16:30 – 17:00 Closing of the Meeting

Note to Editors:
The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) marked a new chapter on how countries approached population dynamics. In 1994, 179 governments agreed to put people and their rights at the heart of development. Diverse views on human rights, population, population age structures, migration and urbanization, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and sustainable development merged into a remarkable global consensus: the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action. Twenty years later, a comprehensive review of the ICPD overwhelmingly supported the consensus that investing in individual human rights, capabilities and dignity is the foundation of sustainable development. In this context, ESCAP, in partnership with UNFPA, is supporting countries in Asia and the Pacific to implement the ICPD Programme of Action.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms. Kavita Sukanandan, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, T: (66) 2 288 1869 / E: [email protected]

Mr. Roy Wadia, Regional Communications Adviser for Asia and the Pacific, UNFPA, T: (66) 848 752 634/ E: [email protected]

Ms. Celeste Hibbert, Communications Specialist, UNFPA Asia-Pacific, T: (66) 2 687 0118 / E: [email protected]