Civil Society Organisations Releasing a Statement at the 6th Asia-Pacific Population Conference

By September 16, 2013 Advocacy

About the 6th APPC Combined Civil Society Organisation Statement

The Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference convened by UNESCAP and UNFPA is currently being held at the United Nations Conference Centre on 16-20 September, 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Civil society organisation (CSO) representatives from Asia and the Pacific, including APCOM, convened a forum on “Advances, Challenges and Ways Forward on ICPD Beyond 2014”  in Bangkok from September 12-13, 2013 prior to the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference. In appreciation of the continued commitment of Governments towards the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA), they would like to acknowledge that there has been considerable progress in recognition of rights at the international, regional and national levels in response, and changing contexts within countries and regions and globally.

However CSO representatives reassert that this diverse region is home to the largest population of the world including the largest percentage of young people and a growing aging population thus presenting unique challenges in implementation of ICPD PoA, as has been evidenced through the Global Survey. In many countries there is still a significant unmet need for family planning services and supplies, many have low rates of contraceptive prevalence and many still have unacceptably high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity. Tragically, these maternal deaths and disabilities are entirely preventable. Globally, there are affordable, simple, high-quality technologies available that serve to save women and adolescents’ lives, particularly in low-resource settings. As such, they urge uniform integration of these safe technologies in health systems across the region. It is also important to acknowledge that some areas of the region are experiencing rapid economic development and that inequalities are increasing both within and between member states.

Photo Caption: Civil Society Organisation representatives meeting during the 6th Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.