Addis Ababa to Host Population and Development Conference
25 JULY 2013 Allafrica
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Addis Ababa — The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) will be held on 2-6 September 2013 at the United Nations
Conference Centre, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The theme of the conference will be Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: The future we want for Africa. This conference seeks to emphasize
the need for state and non-state actors to recommit themselves at the highest level to fully implementing the ICPD Plan of Action at national and
According to the organizers, the outcomes of the regional report will serve as a major reference for population and development policies and
programmes beyond 2014 and inform the post-2015 development agenda in Africa.
This will be based on three principles: Right to development: the people of Africa have the right to develop in all spheres of life, including human
rights and human development, and in peace and security; Empowering and capacitating people to play a more strategic role in development;
and Justice, equality and human dignity and rights for achieving inclusive and sustainable development.
Furthermore, the main objective of the conference is to provide opportunities for member states to consider the draft report and recommendations
of the regional review of the ICPD POA for Africa, to consult and agree on the linkages between the outcomes of the Africa regional review and the
past- 2015 development agenda, as well as adopt a common position to contribute to the ICPD beyond 2014 Global review.
The conference will also consider the draft report of the operational review of the ICPD PoA in Africa, recommendations of the operational review,
and the African common position on ICPD beyond 2014.
This conference will bring together ministers responsible for population and development matters, government experts, research and training
institutions, the Pan-African Parliament, Regional Economic Communities, United Nations agencies, international organizations, civil society
organizations, and the youth.
By exploring the implementation modalities and considering challenges and opportunities, the meeting is expected to come up with more
effective approaches and tools for population programmes and policies.