ICPD+5 News Bulletin No. 10, 1 March 1999

No. 10, 1 March 1999

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. 10 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 associated with the International Forum on ICPD implementation (The Hague Forum), which was held on 8-12 February 1999, the 32nd session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), acting as the preparatory committee for the Special Session on 24-31 March 1999, and the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the overall 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. The News Bulletin is also posted on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web site at: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/sitemap/icpd/International-Conference-on-Population-and-Development/ICPD5-key-actions/ICPD5NewsBulletin, where you can find more information, reports and news on the ICPD+5 review.

THE HAGUE FORUM

The International Forum for the operational review and appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD, organized by UNFPA in collaboration with the Government of The Netherlands, was held in The Hague on 8-12 February 1999. The Hague Forum is an integral part of the five-year review of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action, which will culminate in the Special Session of the General Assembly this summer. The Hague Forum was attended by participants from 177 countries and territories; U.N.-system partners; inter-governmental organizations; human rights treaty bodies; regional parliamentary groups; foundations; NGOs and youth organizations. The Report of The Hague Forum, including its findings and proposed actions in the areas under its review, is available at http://www.unfpa.org/icpd/round&meetings/hague_forum/reports/forumrept.htm.
Copies of the Report may be obtained from watanabe@unfpa.org. The Report of the Hague Forum will be submitted to the 24-31 March 32nd session of the CPD, meeting as the preparatory committee for the Special Session. Extensive news coverage and background information about The Hague Forum is available at http://www.unfpa.org/icpd/hague.htm.

PRE-HAGUE FORUM EVENTS

The Hague Forum was preceded by the following international gatherings on ICPD+5, also held in The Hague.

The International Forum of Parliamentarians on the Review of the ICPD Programme of Action was held on 4-6 February, and was hosted by the Dutch Parliament. The meeting was coordinated by the Bangkok-based Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFFPD), and was attended by 210 parliamentarians from 103 countries. The Hague Declaration of Parliamentarians on the ICPD Review, including its preamble, priority actions and pledge is available at: http://www.unfpa.org/icpd/round&meetings/hague_forum/reports/finaldeclaparlia.htm. Copies may be obtained by request to AFPPD at skhare@mozart.inet.co.th, or fax number: (662) 248-8827/247-9236.

The NGO Forum on ICPD+5 was held on 6-7 February. The NGO Forum was convened by the World Population Foundation (WPF), a Dutch NGO based in Hilversum, the Netherlands, which served as the secretariat for the Forum. The Report of the NGO Forum on ICPD+5 is available at: http://www.ngoforum.org/files/common/final/toc.htm. The Report includes overviews; examples of good practices; obstacles; critical next steps and key future actions in the areas under review by the NGO Forum. Information about the NGO Forum, its organization and background is available at: http://www.ngoforum.org/. Copies of the final report may be obtained from WPF at the address cited below.

The Youth Forum on ICPD+5 was held on 6-7 February and was organized by WPF in collaboration with UNFPA, and co-hosted by the Dutch Council on Youth and Population. The meeting was attended by young women and men from more than 105 countries and territories. The Report of the Youth Forum is available at: http://www.ngoforum.org/files/youth/final/toca.htm or through WPF at: Tel: (31) 35 642-2304/Fax: (31) 35 642-1462/E-mail: office@wpf.org Information about these events is also available on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web pages.

32nd SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The 32nd session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will meet from 22-31 March 1999.

The CPD will meet and conduct its regular programme of work from 22-23 March. As part of its follow-up to the ICPD, the CPD will this year focus on the topic: "Population growth, structure and distribution, with special emphasis on sustained economic growth and sustainable development, including education." Documentation for the CPD, including its provisional agenda, is available at the POPIN site at: http://www.undp.org/popin/unpopcom/32ndsess/official.htm.

The CPD, acting as the preparatory committee for the Special Session of the General Assembly for the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD, will meet from 24-31 March. Monday, 29 March is an official U.N. holiday. No meetings will be held. The five-day preparatory committee meeting will have before it three reports: The Report of the International Forum (E/CN.9/1999/PC/3) (for information); the Report of the Secretary-General on the review and appraisal of the progress made in achieving the goals and objectives of the Programme of Action of the ICPD (E/CN.9/1999/PC/2) (for information); and the Report of the Secretary-General for the Special Session containing draft measures for the further implementation of the Programme of Action (E/CN.9/1999/PC/4) (for consideration). Documentation for the preparatory committee meeting is or will be available at the POPIN site cited above. The Report of the Secretary-General for the Special Session presents the results and principal findings of a series of extensive reviews of progress made and constraints encountered in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. It is organized into seven chapters: an introduction; population and development concerns; gender equality, equity and empowerment of women; reproductive rights and reproductive health; partnerships and collaborations; mobilizing resources; and a conclusion. Each chapter outlines key future actions needed to achieve the goals and objectives agreed to at the ICPD and endorsed by the General Assembly. At the opening of the preparatory committee meeting, a 10-member Bureau will be elected, including a Chairperson and other officers as required. The preparatory committee is expected to focus its consideration on the key future actions contained in the Report. A programme of work for the preparatory committee meeting will be available at the POPIN and ICPD+5 web sites.

UNFPA is organizing four side events during the preparatory committee meeting, including panel discussions on: maternal mortality reduction; male responsibility; adolescent reproductive health; and issues and responses to financial and economic crises. Information about these events will be available on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web pages.

NGO Participation. NGOs invited to attend the preparatory committee meeting are those organizations in consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); and those organizations accredited to the 1994 ICPD and which have since started the process of applying for such status. A letter of invitation and application form to pre-register for the preparatory committee meeting is available on http://www.unfpa.org/icpd/reports&doc/guide_acrengo.htm.
The deadline for the receipt of application forms to the NGO Section of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) was 24 February 1999.

The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) and Population Communications International (PCI) will be facilitating the participation of NGOs at the CPD and preparatory committee meeting. A temporary PCI/CONGO secretariat has been established at 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017. NGO queries regarding logistical arrangements for the preparatory committee meeting may be forwarded to icpd@population.org. Contact PCI at: Tel: (212) 687-3366/Fax: (212) 661-4188; CONGO at: Tel: (212) 986-8557/Internet: congongo@aol.com.

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