10th International Inter-Ministerial Conference

22 OCTOBER 2013 | BEIJING

Partners in Population and Development (PPD), an intergovernmental initiative with 25 countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America, together with the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) held an Inter-Ministerial Conference on “South-South Cooperation for Population and Development in Beijing from 22 to23 October 2013.

More than 150 participants attended the conference that centered around South-South Cooperation priorities for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICDP) beyond 2014 and the post 2015 development agenda. The conference was structured around the following themes: Family planning for Sustainable Development; Integrating population Dynamics into National Development Goals; Investing for Demographic Dividend - Lessons Learned and Implications for South-south Cooperation; Sexual and Reproductive Health for all.

The outcome of the PPD Inter-ministerial conference was the Beijing Declaration. The Beijing Declaration concludes with a request to the global community and the UN General Assembly to recognise the importance of a community-oriented, people-centred approach, and of South-South cooperation, in taking forward the post 2015 development agenda.

On the second day of the conference, PPD and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) co-hosted a dinner where Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India gave the keynote address. In his address, the Honourable Minister noted that there are just 26 months left before the MDGs are to be achieved, and that discussions are already underway to develop the post-2015 development agenda. He emphasized that this is a critical time to take stock and review the lessons we have learned. He highlighted four priorities that PPD and PMNCH could take forward both for the MDGs and the post-2015 agenda. These four priorities are to:

  • Position population health at the heart of sustainable development, with effective investments across the RMNCH+A continuum of care.
  • Use multi-sector, and multi-actor, approaches to promote health and sustainable development.
  • Set goals and drive progress based on local realities, and local targets, taking into account principles of equity, human rights and sustainability.
  • Bring new focus on health needs of adolescents, who can give a new momentum to the health promoting agenda.

Dr. Carole Presern, Executive Director PMNCH, in her speech at the conference, referred to the new Global Investment Framework that demonstrates the high returns of investment in women’s and children’s health, with five dollars invested yielding nine times that value by 2035 in social and economic benefits.

PMNCH and PPD also produced a set of Strategy Briefs for the Beijing Conference on how countries have, and can, strengthen multi-sector collaboration for health and sustainable development.

Background

Partners in Population and Development (PPD), is an intergovernmental initiative with 25 countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America, representing around 60% of the world’s population. PPD was established at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) as an intergovernmental alliance to help implement the Cairo Program of Action, and to promote South-to-South collaboration in sexual and reproductive health, population, and development. Currently India chairs the PPD with China as the co-chair. PPD is a member of the Partnership of Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH).

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