ICPD+5 News Bulletin No. 5, 8 September 1998

No. 5, 8 September 1998

Five Year-review of the International Conference on Population and Development

United Nations Population Fund, 220 East 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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WELCOME TO Issue No. 5 of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) ICPD+5 News Bulletin on activities relating to the process of the five-year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The News Bulletin is a feature produced on the first Monday of every month for all partners interested in the activities and events leading up to The Hague Forum on ICPD implementation on 8-12 February, 1999, the 22-30 March, 1999 Commission on Population and Development, and the General Assembly Special Session on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in New York on 30 June-2 July, 1999. To receive the News Bulletin, please send us your fax, e-mail or office address and we will add you to the list of subscribers.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

22-25 September: The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA); UNFPA and the League of Arab States will meet in Beirut to review the ICPD Programme of Action. The meeting is expected to adopt a declaration which will be further endorsed at a high-level ministerial meeting of the League of Arab States in Cairo in November. ESCWA can be contacted at the following telephone and fax numbers, respectively: (961)-1-981301/981311/981401; (961)-1-981510/981511/981512. The ESCWA mailing address is: ESCWA, P.O. Box No.11-8575, Riad El-Solh Square, Beirut, Lebanon. Their web site address is: http://www.undp.org/popin/regional/escwa/index.htm.

23-25 September: The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and UNFPA will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review the ICPD Programme of Action. The Third Meeting of the Follow-up Committee on the Implementation of the Dakar/Ngor Declaration and the ICPD Programme of Action is expected to present successes and challenges in the implementation of the Dakar/Ngor Declaration and the Programme of Action; and to review and endorse a report on Africa’s experience in implementing the two documents. The report will include key future actions needed to accelerate progress in this area. ECA can be contacted at the following telephone and fax numbers, respectively: (251-1) 51-72-00; (251-1) 51-44-16. The ECA mailing address is: ECA, P.O. Box 3001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

6-9 October: A technical meeting on Population Ageing will take place in Brussels, Belgium. The provisional agenda for the meeting will be available on the ICPD+5 web page in early September.

2-6 November: A Symposium on Population Change and Economic Development will take place in Bellagio, Italy. Information on the meeting will be available on the ICPD+5 web site at a later date.

3-6 November: A technical meeting on reproductive health services in emergency situations will take place in Rennes, France.

7-9 December: The Economic Commission for Europe and UNFPA will meet in Budapest, Hungary, to review the ICPD Programme of Action. The ECE Population Activities Unit can be contacted at the following telephone and fax numbers, respectively: 41-22-917-2476; 41-22-917- 0101. The ECE PAU web site, which includes information on the regional ICPD+5 meeting, is: http://www.unece.org/ead/pau. Their mailing address is: ECE Population Activities Unit, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland.

RECENT MEETINGS

27-30 July: A round table on Participation with Civil Society in the Implementation of the Programme of Action was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The agenda and background document for the round table will be available on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web page. News reports on the meeting and its outcome are posted on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web page at: http://www.unfpa.org/ICPD/meetings.htm.

29 June-3 July: A Technical Symposium on International Migration and Development was held in The Hague. The meeting of technical experts was an activity of the Working Group on International Migration of the Task Force on Basic Social Services for All, a U.N. inter-agency body. The final report from the meeting will be available by mid-October through UNFPA.

22-25 June: A round table on Reproductive Rights and Implementation of Reproductive Health Programmes, Women’s Empowerment, Male Involvement and Human Rights was held in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting agenda and participants’ list, news reports, and background documents for the meeting are posted on the ICPD+5 web page. The final report of the meeting, which includes key future actions in this area, will be posted on the ICPD+5 web page and will be available through UNFPA by end-September.

13-14 May: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UNFPA held a regional review on the ICPD in Aruba. The ECLAC Ad Hoc Committee on Population and Development adopted a resolution on ICPD+5, entitled "Population and development: Preparations for the regional appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD." Copies of the draft report of the meeting will be available through the ECLAC office in Santiago, Chile. ECLAC telephone and fax numbers are, respectively: (56-2) 210-2000; (56-2) 208-0252. The adopted draft resolutions and related documents for the meeting are posted on the ECLAC website at: http://www.ECLAC.ORG/CELADE-Eng.

14-17 April: A round table on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights was held at the Ford Foundation in New York. The final report from that meeting, entitled "Report of the Round Table on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Key Future Actions," is posted on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web page. The report contains key future actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action in this area. Copies of the report can be obtained from Delia Barcelona, Round table Focal Point, at barcelona@unfpa.org; or at telephone number (212)-297-5233.

NEW WEB SITES FOR ICPD+5 INFORMATION

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has created a new web site for information relating to ICPD+5. The web site can be accessed at: http://www.unescap.org/pop/icpd/icpd.htm. Posted on the site are the Report and Key Future Actions Required to Achieve the Goals of the ICPD Programme of Action and Bali Declaration; and a related resolution adopted by the 54th session of the ESCAP Commission at its 24-27 March 1998 meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

PRE-HAGUE FORUM EVENTS

An NGO and a Youth Forum on ICPD+5 will be held on 6-7 February, just prior to the 8-12 February, 1999 Hague Forum. A global parliamentarians meeting will be held on 5-6 February, 1999, and will be hosted by the Dutch Parliament. The NGO and Youth Fora will take place at the same site as The Hague Forum: The Netherlands Congress Centre, Churchillplein 10, P.O. Box 82000, 2508 EA, The Hague, The Netherlands.

The World Population Foundation (WPF), a Dutch NGO, is the local facilitator for organizations interested in participating in the NGO and Youth Fora. Information on the organization of the NGO Forum will be available in September 1998 on the WPF NGO Forum web site at: http://www.wpf.org/ngoforum/. WPF can be contacted at: (31) 35-642-2304(Tel.)/(31)35-642-1462(Fax)/office@wpf.org. The mailing address is: WPF, Amperestraat 10, 1221 GJ Hilversum, Netherlands. The WPF web site is http://www.wpf.org. WPF also has two special email addresses: ngoforum@wpf.org for inquiries and announcements concerning NGOs, and youth@wpf.org for information related to youth participation at the fora. Information about these events is also available on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web pages.

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