ICPD+5 News Bulletin No. 8, 1 December 1998

No. 8, 1 December 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
For more information, contact dayal@unfpa.org. Fax 212 557-6416.

WELCOME TO Issue No. 8 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 International Forum on ICPD implementation (The Hague Forum) on 8-12 February 1999, the 32nd session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) on 22-30 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.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

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/rpm/. Their mailing address is: ECE Population Activities Unit, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland.

RECENT MEETINGS

3-6 November: A technical meeting on Reproductive Health Services in Emergency Situations was held in Rennes, France. Information about the meeting is available on the ICPD+5 web site. A report of the meeting, including its conclusions and recommendations will be available in mid-January and by request to edouard@unfpa.org.

6-9 October: A technical meeting on Population Ageing was held in Brussels, Belgium. Information about the meeting is available on the ICPD+5 web site. A report of the meeting, including its conclusions and recommendations will be available at end-December and by request to watanabe@unfpa.org.

For a listing of other recent meetings related to ICPD+5 activities, please refer to earlier issues of the News Bulletin which are posted at the UNFPA website at http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/sitemap/icpd/International-Conference-on-Population-and-Development/ICPD5-key-actions/ICPD5NewsBulletin, or are available by request to dayal@unfpa.org.

SPECIAL SESSION

The Second Committee (Economic and Financial Affairs) of the U.N. General Assembly on 24 November 1998 adopted a draft resolution on the implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD (A/C.2/53/L.43). The draft resolution, among other things, reaffirms that the special session will be undertaken on the basis of and with full respect for the Programme of Action; and that there will be no renegotiations of the existing agreements contained therein. It stresses the need for the effective participation of actors of civil society, particularly NGOs, in the preparation for the special session, its preparatory meetings and the special session itself; requests the Secretary-General to seek extrabudgetary resources to assist developing countries, particularly least developing countries, in sending representatives to the CPD preparatory meeting and to the special session; decides that the 32nd session of the CPD, acting as the preparatory committee for the special session, shall be open to all States; invites all other relevant organizations and bodies of the U.N. system to contribute to the special session and its preparation; invites States members of the specialized agencies not members of the U.N. to participate in the work of the special session as observers; and requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on the special session to the General Assembly next year.

The 32nd session of the CPD is expected to complete its work in two days, from 22-24 March 1999. After that, the CPD will be transformed into the preparatory meeting for the special session, and will meet from 24-30 March. Arrangements for the effective participation of actors of civil society, including NGOs, in the preparatory meetings and the special session are being worked out in accordance with decisions by the General Assembly. Information on the arrangements will be made available as soon as possible. Reports to be considered and submitted to the open-ended CPD preparatory meeting for the special session are the following. For information: the report of the international forum in The Hague; and the report of the Secretary-General on the quinquennial review and appraisal of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. For negotiation: the report of the Secretary-General for the special session on the further implementation of the Programme of Action.

THE HAGUE FORUM

An international forum for the operational review and appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action, organized by UNFPA in collaboration with the Government of The Netherlands, will take place in The Hague on 8-12 February 1999. The Hague Forum will be held at the Netherlands Congress Center (NCC), Churchillplein 10, 2508 EA The Hague, The Netherlands (Tel: (31) 70 306-6244/(31) 70 306 6366; Fax: (31) 70 354 4335/ (31) 70 306 6443). Registration for the Forum will take place at the NCC on 7 February 1999, beginning at 1PM. The Forum is part of the overall five-year review of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action to be conducted by the U.N. General Assembly at a Special Session on 30 June-2 July 1999. A comprehensive background report prepared by UNFPA to be presented to the Forum will be available in January 1999.

The Hague Forum will contribute to the review by focusing on five substantive themes and by analyzing country-level operational and programme experience in the implementation of the Programme of Action. The five themes are: Creating an enabling environment for the further implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action; Reproductive health, including family planning and sexual health, and reproductive rights; Gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women; Strengthening partnerships; and Resource flows and financing for the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. The outcome of The Hague Forum will provide a practical input to the review to be undertaken by the CPD, when it meets in New York in March 1999.

Information regarding registration, hotel accommodation and travel will be made available upon receipt by UNFPA of the names of the recommended three-person country delegation to The Hague Forum. All official country inquiries related to such Forum-related activities may be directed to Joyce Bratich-Cherif, Senior Coordination Officer, ICPD+5, at the following address: e-mail: bratich@unfpa.org cc:santos@unfpa.org; Fax: 212-557-6416/212-297-4918. NGOs should address their inquiries to the World Population Foundation at the address listed below.

PRE-HAGUE FORUM EVENTS

An International Forum of Parliamentarians on ICPD+5 will be held on 4-6 February 1999, in The Hague, and will be hosted by the Dutch Parliament. The meeting is expected to make an assessment of the progress made in the development of the parliamentarians’ movement after the ICPD. It will also look at policy changes, monitoring of programmes and parliamentarians’ efforts in resource mobilization and allocation to ICPD programmes. The forum organizers include the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), based in Bangkok, Thailand, and several other international and regional parliamentary groups. Parliamentarians attending the forum will be invited to attend The Hague Forum.

For more information about the parliamentarians’ forum, please contact: Shiv Khare, Executive Director AFPPD and Executive Coordinator of the International Forum of Parliamentarians, c/o AFPPD, The Neurological Foundation Building, Sala Pamnak, 312 Rajavithi Road, Phyathai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. Fax: (662) 248-8827/247-9236; Tel.: (662) 248-6726/7 or 245-9596; E-mail: skhare@mozart.inet.co.th.

An NGO and a Youth Forum on ICPD+5 will be held on 6-7 February 1999. The NGO and Youth Forums will take place at the same site as The Hague Forum: the NCC (see address above). Registration for the NGO and Youth Forums will take place at the NCC on 5 February 1999, beginning at 3PM. Participants at the NGO and Youth Forums will be invited to attend The Hague Forum. The World Population Foundation (WPF), a Dutch NGO, is the local facilitator for organizations interested in participating in the NGO and Youth Forums, and, assisted by the advisory groups of the NGO and Youth Forums, serves as the secretariat.

The NGO Forum Advisory Group has identified five issue areas for discussion prior to and at the NGO Forum. They are: Resources and advocacy; the ICPD ethos in practice: Implementing policies and services; Rights: rhetoric to reality; Links between reproductive health, population, environment and development; and Partnerships. Gender and youth are cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the five issue areas. The NGO Forum is expected to present its report, containing critical next steps for the further implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action, to The Hague Forum.

The Youth Advisory Group has identified four key themes as priority action areas for young people five years after the ICPD. They are: Education; Individual development; Sexual and reproductive health; and Violence. Four cross-cutting issues have also been identified: Human rights; Gender; Governments and democracy; and Youth participation. The Youth Forum will present its recommendations to The Hague Forum.

Information on the organization, process and substance of the NGO and Youth Forums, including information about accreditation, hotel accommodation and travel is, or will be available on the WPF NGO Forum web site at: http://www.ngoforum.org. Registration forms are available on-line at: http://www.ngoforum.org/files/common/brochure/online1.html. The registration deadline is 1 December 1998.

WPF can be contacted at: (31) 35-642-2304(Tel.)/(31)35-642-1462(Fax)/office@wpf.org. Email queries can be directed to: ngoforum@wpf.org or youthforum@wpf.org. The mailing address is: WPF, Amperestraat 10, 1221 GJ Hilversum, Netherlands. The WPF web site is http://www.wpf.org. Information about these events is also available on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web pages.

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