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India to host 11th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on population and development

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New Delhi (Nov. 21, 2014): India will host the 11th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development at New Delhi on 25-26, November 2014. The theme for the conference is “South-South Cooperation for investing for demographic dividend in the post ICPD / MDG frameworks”. This conference is being organised by the central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with Partners in Population and Development (PPD).

PPD is an inter-governmental organization formed during the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994 for promoting south-south cooperation in the field of reproductive health, population, and development.  PPD is currently chaired by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

PPD’s members comprise 26 low and middle income/developing countries having more than 58% of the world’s population. These include Bangladesh, Benin, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe from the four regions (Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and Caribbean).

PPD’s Mandate
PPD’s mandate is to promote south-south cooperation for population, reproductive health and development. It conducts high level advocacy, and policy dialogues, exchange of knowledge and best practices, technical cooperation, capacity building and operation research to assist the member and non-member countries in implementing the ICPD plan of action within the broader framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Key areas of work include

o   Transfer of knowledge, best practices and resources 
o   Exchange of  Reproductive Health (RH)/ Family Planning ( FP) commodities and technologies
o   Capacity building of new generation managers and leaders for Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Population Programs

Goal of the Conference
The Inter-Ministerial Conference will provide a platform to share evidence with senior level policy makers from 26 developing countries and other stakeholders for decision making on key strategic and urgent investments in youth and second demographic dividends. It will provide evidence and share the inter-linkage between  population dynamics and demographic divided, highlight the challenges  in achieving  the demographic dividend, particularly  in a developing country and call attention to the urgent need  for investments in health, education, gender equity, economic policies  that are needed to  open and take advantage of  the window of opportunity  of accelerated economic growth  that  may result  from a decline  in a country’s  mortality and fertility  and subsequent age structure of the population.

The conference will be attended by PPD governance Board members i.e Minsters of Health or Finance, South-South cooperation focal persons in PPD member countries (high level public sector officials from the same ministries), parliamentarians, UN agencies, development partners, civil society organizations, academia and research institutions, renowned global and regional experts in reproductive health, population and development, youth and adolescent leaders.

Key sessions will focus on
·         Understanding demographic dividend (the youth demographic and second demographic dividend)
·         Improving financing mechanism for maternal, new born, child and adolescent health 
·         Promoting healthy lives of adolescents and eliminating violence against women and adolescents and children
·         Opportunities for south-south partnership and investments for demographic dividend
·         The event will also see the Launch of the Lancet Series on Violence Against Women and Girls      

Conference outcome

Deliberations at the 11th Inter-ministerial conference will lead to a declaration with key commitments and recommendations for realizing a youth and second demographic divided in southern countries in the ICPD beyond 2014, and MDGs beyond 2015 development frameworks. This deceleration will be endorsed and adopted by the 26 PPD alliance member countries, development partners, civil society and other conference participants.

Source: PIB