ICPD+5 News Bulletin No. 6, 5 October 1998

No. 6, 5 October 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. 6 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 22-30 March, 1999 United Nations Commission on Population and Development, and the United Nations 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. The News Bulletin is also posted on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web page 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

6-9 October: A technical meeting on Population Ageing, organized by UNFPA in collaboration with the Belgium Population and Family Study Centre, will take place in Brussels, Belgium. The provisional agenda and background report for the meeting are available on the ICPD+5 web page.

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

23-25 September: The Third Meeting of the Follow-up Committee on the Implementation of the Dakar/Ngor Declaration and the ICPD Programme of Action was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Headquarters. Representatives from 21 African states discussed a report that examines constraints, achievements and best practices in ICPD implementation. The meeting also adopted recommendations for the way forward to further ICPD implementation. The findings of the meeting will be reviewed at the First Meeting of the ECA Committee on Sustainable Development, when it meets at end January 1999. Following are the ECA 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.

22-25 September: The U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA); UNFPA and the League of Arab States met in Beirut to review the ICPD Programme of Action. The meeting adopted a report containing future actions for the continued implementation of the Programme of Action. The report of the meeting will be further endorsed at a high-level ministerial meeting of the League of Arab States in Cairo in November. Copies of the report can be obtained from ESCWA by early 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.

For a listing of other recent meetings related to ICPD+5 activities, please refer to News Bulletin No.5 of 8 September 1998. All ICPD+5 News Bulletins 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.

THE HAGUE FORUM

The Hague Forum, 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, 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). The Forum is a part of the overall five-year review of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action to be conducted by the United Nations General Assembly at a Special Session on 30 June-2 July 1999. The Hague Forum will contribute to the review by focusing on key issues and by analyzing country-level operational and programme experience in the implementation of the Programme of Action. The outcome of The Hague Forum will provide a practical input to the review to be undertaken by the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), when it meets in New York from 22-30 March 1999. The open-ended meeting of the CPD will serve as the preparatory meeting for the Special Session on ICPD+5.

Invitations to The Hague Forum have been issued by UNFPA to the 179 countries that participated at the ICPD, and to other interested countries. Invitations have also been issued to inter-governmental organizations; United Nations organizations; specialized agencies and other international organizations; treaty bodies; regional commissions; parliamentary groups and foundations. In consultation with the host Government, and in view of financial, logistical and housing constraints, it is recommended that country delegations to The Hague Forum, to be nominated by the Governments concerned, consist of not more than three persons. Country delegations may include the minister responsible for population and development; the operational head of the country's population programme; and a representative of a national NGO whose organization is a leader in ICPD implementation or advocacy.

Information regarding accreditation, travel and accommodation will be made available upon receipt by UNFPA of the names of the recommended three person-country delegation to The Hague Forum. All country inquires 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.

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. The NGO and Youth Fora will take place at the same site as The Hague Forum: The Netherlands Congress Centre (see address above). Participants at the NGO and Youth Fora 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 Fora. Information on the organization of the NGO and Youth Forums, including information about accreditation, travel and accommodation, is expected to be available in October 1998 on the WPF NGO Forum web site at: http://www.ngoforum.org.

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.

An international Parliamentarian's Forum on ICPD+5 will be held on 4-6 February, 1999, in The Hague, and will be hosted by the Dutch Parliament. The forum organizers include the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), based in Bangkok, Thailand, and several other parliamentary groups. Parliamentarians attending the forum will be invited to attend The Hague Forum. For more information about the parliamentarian's forum, please contact: Shiv Khare, Executive Director AFPPD and Coordinator of the Parliamentarians' Forum, The Neurological Foundation Building, Sala Pamnak, 312 Rajavithi Road, Phyathai, Bangkok, 10400 Thailand. Fax: (662) 246-8827; Tel (662) 248-6726.

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