World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Asia-Pacific MPs want to be heard at CPD

Asia-Pacific parliamentarians are determined that the progressive rights-based approach the region’s member States endorsed at November’s Asia Pacific Population Conference is carried forward to the UN’s global Conference on Population and Development in April in New York.

Regional MPs are meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this week ahead of April’s 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), which will assess the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) adopted by 179 nations in Cairo in 1994.

“In the last two decades, much progress has been made but many challenges still face us today,” said Hon. Senator Assoc. Prof. Dr. Porapan Punyaratabhandhu, Secretary General of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) as she addresses ICPD champion parliamentarians from the region today.

“Mothers and children continue to die preventable deaths during childbirth, girls continue to have unintended pregnancies, women continue to be subjected to violence, sexually transmitted infections and new HIV infections continue to occur, and very few women are elected to public office to serve as leaders.

“Parliamentarians have a crucial role to play in advocating for ICPD’s reaffirmation, with emphasis on the unfinished agenda; identifying emerging priority issues in relation to ICPD; advocating for the integration of ICPD in the post-2015 development agenda; and for holding governments accountable for their commitments in the ICPD.

“AFPPD strongly encourages governments to include parliamentarians in their country delegations as they are key players in the implementation of the ICPD beyond 2014 and the coming post-2015 agenda.”

There was also a need for parliamentarians to address population dynamics, transparent governance and sustainability in a shared agenda, Senator Assoc. Prof. Dr. Porapan Punyaratabhandhu

AFPPD and UNFPA APRO convened parliamentarians in Chiang Mai, Thailand to develop a strategic approach to ensure a progressive outcome for the CPD. Mobilising champion parliamentarians will reinforce population and development advocacy in the region.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Historical Announcements Made At UN Climate Change Summit

The Congo Basin harbours the world’s second largest tropical forest. It is also a key resource for stabilizing the global climate. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano More>>

ALSO:

  • UN News - Financial Sector to Aid in Fight Against Climate Change
  • UN News - Oil, Gas Industry Launches Plan to Slash Emissions
  • Thailand: Court Upholds Conviction On Insulting Monarchy

    23 September 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today voiced its disappointment at the decision of a court in Thailand to uphold the conviction and sentencing of an editor for publishing articles considered offensive to the monarchy. More>>

    Newly-Detected Bird Flu In Southeast Asia

    Newly-Detected Bird Flu in Southeast Asia Poses Threat to Animal Health, People’s Livelihoods More>>

    UN: Accountability For Israel Vital For Peace

    A young girl walks through a severely damaged street in Gaza. Photo: UNICEF/Eyad El Baba More>>

    Afghanistan: UN Welcomes Conclusion Of Presidential Election

    Pictured left to right: Jan Kubis, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, and presidential candidates Dr.Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA More>>

    ALSO:

    UN Rights Chief: Sinking Of Mediterranean Migrant Boat Amounts To Mass Murder

    Syrian refugees are rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, but others are not so fortunate. Photo: UNHCR/A. D'Amato More>>


    UN Mission: Advance Team For Ebola Response Arrives In West Africa

    These children in Kailahun district, Sierra Leone, survived Ebola but lost parents to the deadly virus. Photo: UNICEF/Jo Dunlop More>>

    UN: Leonardo Dicaprio New UN Messenger Of Peace

    Pictured left to right: United Nations Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten More>>


    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news