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32nd Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development
22-31 March, 1999

ICPD +5 Preparatory Meeting
24-31 March, 1999


BRIEFING for Thursday, 25 March

Delegates at the ICPD+5 PrepCom met in Plenary in the morning and afternoon to hear formal statements by countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations on preparations for the Special Session. The Working Group to negotiate proposals for action for further implementation of the POA did not meet due to the G-77/China's need to hold further consultations.


Photo and RealAudio highlights

UNFPA Executive Secretary Nafis Sadek (left) and Vice-Chair Anwarul Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
The Bureau for ICPD+5 PrepCom:
Chair Robert Lewis Cliquet (Belgium)
Vice-Chair Anwarul Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Vice-ChairArmi Heinonen (Finland)


Vice-Chair Jotham Musinguzi (Uganda)

Vice-Chair Elza Berquo (Brazil)

Vice-Chair Alexandru Niculescu (Romania)

Vice-Chair and Rapporteur Gabriella Vulovich (Hungary) on the right
Other Bureau members not pictured: Vice-Chairs Ross Hynes (Canada), Jack Wilmot (Ghana), Patricia Durrant (Jamaica) and Ryu Yamazaki (Japan)


Delegates gave formal statements in Plenary on preparations for the Special Session:

Malaysia noted that the recent economic crisis has negatively affected some countries' ability to implement the POA. He urged that, when considering the mobilization of resources, priority be given to countries in need to ensure that achievements are not jeopardized.
The Russian Federation called for: a strengthened regional dimension in proposals on international migration; greater emphasis on initiatives to tackle problems of forced migration and an enhanced role for the UN in this regard; reliable data systems for population issues; coordinated national and international efforts to address HIV/AIDS and availability of medicines to countries for which high cost is problematic; and implementation of reproductive rights and RH, particularly for youth, with sensitivity to countries' traditions, societies and cultures.
Palestine identified the lack of financial resources, an unfavorable political environment and difficult communications as obstacles to policy implementation. He recommended: increasing investment in training; building cross-sectoral partnerships; mobilizing financial resources; and reforming relevant legislation.
The Philippines (center) said proposals should address the needs and problems of youth and welcomed recommendations to document experiences of countries in managing ageing populations. She supported proposed actions to improve the conditions of migrant workers and highlighted the importance of studying social aspects of international migration and addressing problems of internal migration. She said governments should focus on a holistic, integrated and sustained approach to adolescent RH that will ensure the attainment of overall youth development and well-being.
The FAO (center) noted that the main emphasis on POA implementation has been on reproductive rights and RH, which has led to imbalanced follow-up and inadequate attention to important factors such as population aspects of sustainable development and environmental change, urban-rural distribution, demographic ageing and migration. He stressed the need for integrated, multi-sectoral approaches to develop effective solutions.
Cuba said that while implementing the POA is the responsibility of national governments, full implementation requires the collective efforts of the international community. He lamented the decline in ODA.
Cote D'Ivoire underscored: the need for a favorable and conducive environment for the implementation of population programmes; the operationalization of SRH services; policies to empower women; reinforced partnerships with NGOs; and mobilization of resources for population programmes.


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