Linkages logo


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

ICPD +5 Preparatory Meeting
24-31 March, 1999


BRIEFING for Friday, 26 March

Delegates at the ICPD+5 PrepCom met in a morning Plenary to hear official statements on preparations for the Special Session. The Working Group completed its first read-through of the draft working paper containing proposals for action for further POA implementation. CPD-32 reconvened to adopt its resolutions and final report.


Photo and RealAudio highlights

Note: The ICPD+5 PrepCom will not reconvene until Tuesday, 30 March because of the Muslim holiday Eid Al Adha or Festival of Sacrifice. However, over the weekend the Working GroupChair Anwarul Chowdhury of the will produce a Chair's synthesis text of proposals for action for further POA implementation and it will be available on line at

Delegates made formal statements on preparations for the Special Session in the morning Plenary
Commission on the Status of Women Chair Patricia Flor (Germany) spoke of linkages between Beijing and Cairo, drew attention to the results of the recent CSW meeting, noting that the report on women and health would be adopted on April 1, and looked forward to the PrepCom's results in order to integrate the outcomes into the CSW's own preparations for the 5 year review of Beijing
Fiji, speaking on behalf of the Pacific Island Countries, highlighted the unique conditions and particular concerns of Pacific Island Countries with respect to population dynamics, for example
Vanita Nayak Mykherjee (India), speaking on behalf of the Women's Coalition for ICPD, a coalition of 68 NGOs, stressed that sexual and reproductive rights is a human rights issue
Jordan and Nigeria delivering formal statements to the Plenary
UNICEF said that HIV threatens ICPD achievements and called for quantifiable timetables and targets to prevent the spread of AIDS, highlighted obstacles with improving the health and welfare of women and girls, commended UNFPA for leading the process of reviewing the ICPD Programme of Action and reaffirmed UNICEF's commitment to accomplishing the goals and objectives achieved at Cairo
The Working Group of the PrepCom heard recommendations on the Draft Working Paper containing Proposals for Key Actions for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action
Guyana, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China Margaret Pollack, Director, Office of Population, US Department of State (United States) Klaus-Henning Rosen (Germany), speaking on behalf of the EU
Paul VanLook of the World Health Organization (left) and with Bishop James McHugh (Holy See) discussing with the draft working paper and its treatment of emergency contraception
UNFPA Executive Director Nafis Sadek speaks with Working Group Chair Anwarul Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
ICPD+5 PrepCom Bureau members (see yesterday's page for photos of other bureau members)
Vice-Chair Jack Wilmot (Ghana)
Vice-Chair Patricia Durrant (Jamaica)
Vice-Chair Ryu Yamazaki (Japan)
The 32nd Commission on Population and Development concluded its work and adopted meeting reports in the afternoon
CPD Chairman Robert Lewis Cliquet (Belgium)
Joseph Chamie, Director of the DESA Population Division
Vice-Chairman-cum-Rapporteur Sim B. Arap Bullut (Kenya)


Linkages Subscription Manager


Earth Negotiations Bulletin, 1999. All rights reserved.