THE 8TH AFRICAN POPULATION CONFERENCE OPENS IN KAMPALA, AFTER ICPD2 ENDED IN NAIROBI

Harnessing Africa’s Population Dynamics for Sustainable Development: 25 Years After Cairo And Beyond

Kampala, Uganda, 18-22 November 2019

The World is focusing on Population as a vehicle to development while African Countries know larger families and fast growing populations can obstruct development. World leaders met in Nairobi to ACCELERATE THE PROMISE that started in Cairo 25 years ago.

Less than a week African leaders, Researchers, Policy Makers and Program Implementers are meeting at Imperial Beach Hotel Entebbe in Uganda to discuss population growth, sexual and Reproductive Health, Technology, Youth among others.

The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) is proud to organize the 8th African Population Conference (APC), to be held on November 18-22, 2019 in Kampala, Uganda. Under the theme “Harnessing Africa’s Population Dynamics for Sustainable Development: 25 Years After Cairo And Beyond”, the conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, programme implementers, civil society, donors and sectoral influencers to discuss issues relevant to African population, including (but not limited to) national, regional and continental investments to address rapid urbanization, population growth, sexual and reproductive health, technology, youth, the demographic dividend and capacity building. A goal of the conference is to assess how Africa, 25 years after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, can harness its unique population dynamics for sustainable development, using rigorous evidence to establish roadmaps to respond to these critical development challenges.

Established in 1984, the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) is the only population-focused organization that represents all regions of Africa, bridging linguistic and geographical barriers to foster networking, knowledge sharing and learning across the continent. The APC is organized every four years and the 8th APC aims to be the largest convening on population and development in Africa yet, with over 1,000 participants expected (900 participants attended the 7th APC held in 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa). The conference programme will include plenaries, ordinary scientific sessions, sponsored research leader sessions, pre- and post-conference side meetings, training sessions, exhibitions and a Population Impact incubator. Through the sponsored leader sessions, the 8th APC will offer research leaders in the field of population and development the opportunity to design and host break-out sessions on an approved topic of their choice, with the purpose of bringing together experts on population and development to engage in solution-oriented dialogue. Details for the call for papers will be communicated in March 2019.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was in Nairobi, Kenya to attend the 25th International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD 25). The president was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs  Hon.Sam Kuteisa and Hon.David Bahati the state minister of finance ,planning and economic development.

 Addressing other leaders at the International Conference Center in Nairobi ,President Museveni said Gender equality can only be achieved if societies transform and develop .

The three-day conference marked 25 years after the inaugural summit in Cairo, Egypt that made a case for gender equality and supporting advancement of women and girls.

Addressing the thousands of attentive delegates at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, President Museveni pointed out that gender inequality was as old as man.

“Human beings have been here for four-and-a half million years. Most of that time, gender inequality has been there,” he said. “Therefore, I want to point out that you cannot achieve this equality if the society does not change itself.”

He added: “You cannot keep a pre-capitalist society in existence and you think you will achieve easily gender equality and other goals.

I urge the organizers of this conference to add to their literature the words social economic transformation of the whole society.”

Citing the case of Europe, President Museveni said they had made strides in gender equality because they had managed to change the income fortunes of their people.

“You cannot keep a traditional society and then make it achieve middle-class goals. Even Europe was like this. It was just in the last few centuries when middle class values were achieved. In the UK until 1911, the women were not voting,” said the President.

He observed that creation of jobs is important in this fight because jobless, poor people are vulnerable and susceptible to exploitation. The President added that with joblessness, even good legislation on equality would run into implementation challenges.

UGANDA’S COMMITMENT

About Uganda’s commitment to support gender equality and fulfill the targets set out in Cairo 25 years ago, President Museveni said the country would stand firm in eliminating obstacles that stand in the way of empowering girls including teenage pregnancy, child marriage and all forms of gender-based violence.

“We shall scale up technical and vocational training to create life skills relevant to the labour market,” said the President. “We will do this while upholding the positive cultural and religious values.”

The Summit in NAIROBI, Kenya, ended on 14 November 2019 .

 The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 concluded in the Kenyan capital, with partners making bold commitments to transform the world by ending all maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls by 2030.

“The Nairobi Summit represents a renewed, re-energized vision and community working together to act and deliver. Together, we will make the next ten years a decade of action and results for women and girls, keeping their rights and choices at the centre of everything we do,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem.

The Summit, co-convened by the governments of Kenya and Denmark with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, unveiled critical new data about the cost of achieving these goals. It mobilized more than 1,200 commitments from around the world, including billions of dollars in pledges from public and private sector partners. It also raised the voices of marginalized communities, youth and grassroots advocates, who were able to directly engage heads of state and policymakers about how to realize the rights and health of all people.

“The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 was a massive success,” said Director-General of the Kenya National Council for Population and Development Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae. “But it was only a start. We leave Nairobi with a clear roadmap of actions we must all take to advance the ICPD agenda and transform the world for women and girls.”

The Summit opened with the release of new research showing the price tag to achieve “three transformative results” — zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning, and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices — within the next decade. The total cost to the world would be $264 billion, according to the analysis by UNFPA and the Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with Victoria University, the University of Washington and Avenir Health.

Summit attendees then stepped up with specific and concrete commitments to help the world reach these ambitious, but achievable, goals. Pledges were made by governments, civil society, youth groups, faith-based organizations, academia and many more.

Governments including Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, together with the European Commission, committed around $1 billion in support. The private sector also stepped in: Children’s Investment Fund (CIF), The Ford Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, World Vision and many other organizations announced that they will mobilize some $8 billion in combined new pledges.

“There will be no ICPD50. Women and girls around the world have waited long enough to have rights and choices,” said Ambassador Ib Petersen, Denmark’s Special Envoy for ICPD25. “Looking towards 2030, we now enter a decade of delivery during which we will walk the talk and hold all of us to account for the commitments we made in Nairobi.”

Over 9,500 delegates from more than 170 countries took part in this radically inclusive conference, uniting behind the Nairobi Statement, which establishes a shared agenda to complete the ICPD Programme of Action.

The same way the original 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo was a turning point for the future of women and girls, the Nairobi Summit will be remembered as a watershed moment that set in motion actions that saved lives, lifted millions of women and girls, their families and communities from exclusion and marginalization, and enabled nations to harness the demographic dividend to grow their economies.

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  1. Gender equality should be looked at intensively.

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