The Vanuatu Government is hosting the National Consultation on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) 25 and Universal Health Starts that begins in Port Vila today.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office Communications Analyst, Navinesh Kumar, told the Daily Post yesterday ahead of today’s official opening that the team looks forward to positive consultations aimed to share the progress of ICPD after 25 years and set new ambitious commitments within the 2030 development agenda, with the Vanuatu Government and all stakeholders here.
It has been 25 years since the ICPD was first held in Cairo in 1994.
At that global meeting, representatives from 179 governments including the Solomon Islands adopted a landmark plan to advance human well-being by placing the rights of individuals at the centre of the global development agenda. The Vanuatu Government is hosting the event.
The ICPD Programme of Action emphasized the value of investing in women and girls and affirmed the principle of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. As a follow up measure, all governments are now engaged in national and global consultations aimed to share the progress of ICPD after 25 years and set new ambitious commitments within the 2030 development agenda.
The Vanuatu Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services will be working in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund Pacific Sub-Regional Office on the Universal Health Coverage and ICPD25 consultation in Solomon Islands this week.
The two-day consultation will be held at the Ramada Resort in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 13 – 14 August and will focus on key actions for implementation to address the wider policy concerns related to the themes: (i) population dynamics and sustainable development, (ii) sexual and reproductive health and rights, (iii) inequalities, social inclusion and rights.
The UNFPA sub-regional Director for the Pacific, Mr. Bruce Campbell said “there are two important global meetings this year for concrete follow-up from these crucial national consultations. The first will be the High Level Political Forum during UN General Assembly at the end of September in New York.
This meeting will focus on Universal Health Coverage which must include access to high quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH).
The second global meeting will be the “Nairobi Summit” scheduled for November 12th -14th in Kenya. During both of these meetings it is hoped for strong national commitments to reaffirm the importance of the Cairo Plan of Action and more specifically to strive toward the “Three Zeros”: 1) Zero Preventable Maternal Deaths; 2) Zero unmet need for family planning, and 3) Zero GBV and child marriage as an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Vanuatu’s strategic engagement at the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit will seek to strengthen their commitment to unite the human capital of Vanuatu, through the full and accelerated implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that no one in the country is left behind.
The consultation aims to bring together close to 50 participants, representatives of Vanuatu government, line ministries, civil society, faith-based organisations, youth groups, people with disabilities, academics and media agencies.