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Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda

12-13 March 2013 | Dhaka, Bangladesh

Highlights for Wednesday, 13 March 2013
The Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda met for the second and last day of consultations in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday, 13 March 2013. Participants met in three working sessions on: urbanization, cities and sustainable development; population aging and population decline; and the way forward for national, regional and global level action.

In the closing session, they adopted the Dhaka Declaration on the Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda, which sets out areas of agreement reached during the consultative process, and outlines the commitment of the governments present and other stakeholders to integrate population dynamics in the post-2015 development agenda at the national, regional and international levels.

Minister Dipu Moni, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, lauded participants for their work, reiterated her country’s commitment to integrating population dynamics into national policies and programmes, and closed the meeting at 5:05pm.
Hotel Ruposhi Bangla, venue for the meeting (photo courtesy of the Hotel Ruposhi Bangla)
Panel during the working session on urbanization, cities and sustainable development. L-R: Mary Rowe, Municipal Art Society, New York City; Rosalinda Marcelino, Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Population, Philippines; Aisa Kacyira, Deputy-Director, UN Habitat; and César Bonamigo, Brazil (photo courtesy of IOM.)
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Delegates during the working session on population aging.

Highlights for Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda convened in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday, 12 March 2013. The meeting was officially opened by Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, who stressed the need for employment creation for the youth, and partnerships and collaborations to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Participants then met in three working sessions on: setting the scene; high fertility, population growth and large youth populations; and international migration and human mobility.

In the session on setting the scene, participants discussed engaging the private sector to bring about new development goals, and the place for population dynamics within the post-2015 agenda.
On high fertility and population growth, they discussed the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights, the need to empower women and the youth to make better reproductive health decisions, and the need to incorporate unfinished MDGs into the post-2015 development agenda. Discussing international migration and human mobility, participants highlighted ways to take advantage of the developmental opportunities associated with migration and mobility, as well as how to address the risks posed by these trends.

Martin Dahinden, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), stressed that discussions on the nature of the post-2015 development agenda should build on the Millennium Development Goals.

A view of the plenary during the session on setting the scene for the discussions on population dynamics.

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*Thematic consultation website and background documents
*Draft outcome document

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary report of the Final Consultation meeting of the Post-2015 Thematic Consultation on Governance, 28 February - 1 March 2013, Midrand, South Africa (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality, 27-28 February 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS summary report of the Public Dialogue and Leadership Meeting on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 18-19 February 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark (HTML - PDF)
*SDG - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities
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