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(From left to right) Ms. Nobuko Horibe Director, UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office; Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris Minister of External Affairs, Sri Lanka; Hon. Yasuo Fukuda Chair, APDA/JPFP/AFPPD; H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka; Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa Speaker of the Parliament, Sri Lanka; Hon. Mattripala Sirisena Minister of Health, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Opens

Parliamentarians’ Meeting on 7 Billion

Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka - The 27th Asian Parliamentarians’ Meeting on Population and Development was held from 18-19 July 2011 in Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka. The organizers, the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) and host, the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka, gathered over 200 participants from 18 countries within the Asian and Pacific region on the theme ‘The World Population at 7 Billion’.

APDA/JPFP/AFPPD Chair, Hon. Yasuo Fukuda noted in his opening statement that “the international parliamentarians’ activities on population and development started here in Colombo in 1979” and thanked President Mahinda Rajapaksa for graciously accepting his proposal to hold the meeting this year. Hon. Fukuda further stated “as elected representatives of the people, each one of us with a sense of ownership needs to genuinely exchange our thoughts and learn from each other”. H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, officially declared the meeting open. The key note speech was given by Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health of Sri Lanka. Presentations by distinguished experts’ followed along with extensive discussion. Immediately following the 27th Asian Parliamentarians’ Meeting on Population and Development, participants from AFPPD Executive Committee Member countries participated in a Study Visit from 20-21 July, supported by UNFPA, IPPF and the Government of Sri Lanka. The group observed the Southern Highway Project during the aerial helicopter survey and afterwards visited the Hydroelectric Power Project in Upper Kotmale and the Improvement of Teaching Hospital Project in Anuradhapura, all supported by JICA. The following day, participants travelled to Kilinochchi, once a rebel stronghold and war-devastated district, to observe the LiSa (Life Saving) project implemented by Family Planning Association (FPA) of Sri Lanka and funded by UNFPA Sri Lanka. With the objective of providing life saving reproductive health services to Internally Displaced Persons, FPA Sri Lanka has been successfully implementing such activities as mobile health clinic services, distribution of delivery kits, and raising awareness on reproductive health. The study tour ended with a visit to the District General Hospital in Vavuniya, which UNFPA strongly supports to strengthen the health system to improve the quality and coverage of the Reproductive Health services.

Participants at the 27th Asian Parliamentarians’ Meeting on Population and Development in Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka


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South Asian Parliamentarians & Civil Society Consultation

Family Planning and Reproductive Health Kathmandu, Nepal – The International Council on Management of Population Programmes

(ICOMP) in collaboration with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat and the Population Association of Nepal (PAN) organized a Regional Consultation with Parliamentarians and Policy Makers on Family Planning and Reproductive Health in South Asia. The consultation which was held 27-28 July 2011 was supported by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The meeting’s objective was to enhance engagement of parliamentarians, civil society leaders, policy makers, programme managers and technical experts from the countries of the SAARC region on Family Planning and Reproductive Health programmes.

H.E. Uz. Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed

The inaugural session was chaired by Hon. Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Economic Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister and Minister, Government of Bangladesh. Dr. Ram Hari Aryal, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Member of the Governing Council of PAN gave a welcome address. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Saramma Thomas Mathai, Regional Coordinator and Advisor on Maternal Health, UNFPA APRO; Dr. Praveen Mishra, Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), Nepal; and Hon. Mr. K.C. Dhanapalan, MP India. Dr. Wasim Zaman, Executive-Director ICOMP reviewed the rationale and objectives of the consultation.

SAARC Secretary General, Kathmandu

Special guest, H.E. Mrs. Uz. Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed, SecretaryGeneral, SAARC, Kathmandu provided statistics on Nepal’s family planning and reproductive health initiatives and outlined policies and programs which contributed to their success. Despite these achievements she recognized that challenges still exist and encouraged those in attendance to use the consultation to find ways to overcome the threats to Reproductive health facing the people of South Asia. The Chief Guest was Hon. Mr. Subhash Chandra Nembang, Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly. Areas of focus included the needs of young people for Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services; Reproductive Health Commodity Security, and RH and HIV/AIDS programme linkages in South Asia. Another area of discussion included the use of accurate and reliable data as evidence for making decisions on family planning and reproductive health policies and programs and the need for pro-active engagement of media on these issues. The consultation concluded with participants reaffirming their commitment to family planning and reproductive health programmes in their respective countries.

Hon. Mr. Subash Chandra Nembang Chairperson, Constituent Assembly, Nepal

(From left to right) Hon. Dr. Anan Ariyachaipanich Interim Secretary-General AFPPD; Hon. Yasuo Fukuda Chair AFPPD; Hon. Dato Seri Haji Ahmad Husni Mohamed Hanadziah Minister of Finance, Malaysia

AFPPD Executive Committee

ICPD Goals should be consolidated

The Executive Committee of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) met in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 17 July 2011. The executive committee reviewed the 2010 activities report and the 2011 half year progress report. Members asked for enhanced support for National Committees. AFPPD’s program for 2011 was also approved with a guidance to the secretariat that ICPD gains should be consolidated and follow up action should be monitored. Parliament staff training on gender sensitization was approved. Associate membership of the Parliament of Bhutan was accepted which will bring AFPPD membership to 25 parliaments and parliamentary committees. Hon. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Porapan Punyaratabandhu, Senator of Thailand was approved as Secretary-General of AFPPD. AsianForumNews - July/August 2011



Participants in a Brainstorming Session on Drafting a National Population Policy for Bhutan

Need for population policy Bhutan - World Population Day was observed in Bhutan with the local theme “Integrating Population Dynamics for Sustainable Development”. Hon. Lyonpo Zangley Drukpa, Minister for Health addressed the gathering as the Chief Guest and outlined priority policy options for the country. U.N. Resident Coordinator, Ms. Gepke Hinges, read messages from the UN SecretaryGeneral and the UNFPA Executive Director on the global prospects of the world at 7 billion and Bhutan’s share of challenges and opportunities. Also present were the Minister of Labour and Human Resources, Members of the Parliament, multilateral partner agencies, Ministry Secretaries, Directors, Chief Planners and representatives from NGOs, CSOs and the media. A total of more 100 participants gathered to observe the world population day event. Lyonpo Zangley Drukpa Minister for Health, Bhutan

Participants then took part in a session that involved the presentation of population trends and challenges of Bhutan by the Working Committee on National Population Policy. The need for a National Population Policy for preparedness was also discussed. Sixty stakeholders (Secretaries, Directors, UN agencies, planners, NGO and CSOs) gathered to participate in the brainstorming session which was chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource. Further, as intended the working committee received feedback from the participants about inclusiveness and explicit policy options linked to the carrying capacity of the land, natural resources and climate change. The session greatly enhanced knowledge about Population and Development and its linkages for the participants. World Population Day events in Bhutan received media coverage from the national radio, newspaper and TV, including a live talk show on BBS TV with the Minister of Health. Events were coordinated by the Gross National Happiness Commission and National Statistics Bureau with full support from UNFPA.


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Young people spread the message

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - UNFPA in Cambodia started a campaign on World Population Day to raise national awareness that the

world will reach a population of 7 billion in October 2011. The ‘Young People Forging the Future – Realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights’ campaign is a call for individual actions to solve problems, through activities which focus on young people. 35% of the total Cambodian population is constituted of young people and the demographic change of the country is both a challenge and an opportunity. “ ..They can make a world of difference, thereby their choices and actions today determine a way into a future world” says Marc Derveeuw, UNFPA’s newly appointed Representative in Cambodia. To mark World Population Day, a group of young people took to the streets in downtown Phnom Penh at traffic light junctions, markets, public parks, tourist sites, the Olympic Stadium and some slum areas to get their peers involved in sharing messages on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights. Messages were printed on T-shirts, caps and leaflets. The reactions were overwhelming. Simultaneously, UNFPA and the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) organized a photo competition on Maternal and Child Health. In order to engage young people and the general public to recognize the milestones of increasing population numbers, a series of activities have been planned from July until 31 October. The campaign will include celebrating young people’s inspiring stories, street campaigning, a bus campaign and a national youth forum. This will be an inspiring moment for individuals and groups to take action for the improvement of their community and society. The United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) has jointly organized the World of 7 billion Campaign with the Khmer Youth for Social Development (KYSD) and the Cambodian Center for Independent Media.

Tajak population stabilising Tajikistan - UNFPA in Tajikistan together with Agency on Statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan held a press conference to mark World Population Day.

The event took place in the conference hall of the Agency on Statistics. Participants took part in sessions to get acquainted with the current population pyramid, demographic situation, trends and preliminary census results from Tajikistan. National statistics indicate stabilization of the population due to decreasing birth and fertility (From left to right) Abdumajid Usmonov Journalist from “Jahonnamo” TV Channel; Dodojon rates combined with life expectancy that has increased from 68 years Ruziev Reporter from “Jumhuriyat” newspaper; Zarnigor Rajabova Volunteer Y-Peer Program to 72 years in the past decade. However, other figures indicate challenges facing the Tajik population in the future. These include a rate of population growth at 23% in the past decade, 59% of the population below the age of 25, and population density that has increased from 36 to 55 people per sq. km. A live discussion on demographic issues followed the press-conference allowing media representatives to get more detailed information from experts. This event was clearly a success as a number of media outlets published articles on this theme following the event and resulted in one journalist summarizing “The problems of population are problems that touch each and every one of us”.

Growing population and planet Earth Suva, Fiji

– United Nations Population Fund Pacific Sub-Regional Office (UNFPA PSRO) marked World Population Day on 10 July 2011 drawing attention to the anticipated birth of the Earth’s seven billionth inhabitant this year. Reading a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Dirk Jena, Director of UNFPA PSRO noted that this milestone in population was a “reminder of our shared responsibility to care for each other and our planet”. He also drew attention to UNFPA’s “7 Billion Actions” campaign for personal contributions each of us can make to contribute to a better world. Dr. Annette Sachs Robertson, Deputy-Director and Deputy Mr. Dirk Jena, Director and Representative, UNFPA PSRO and Ms. Archana Mani, Acting Director, IPPF ESEAOR Representative UNFPA PSRO focused on ensuring that every child is wanted and every child birth is safe. Mr. Eduard Jongstra, UNFPA PSRO, drew attention to the link between the growing population and our dependence on the health of our planet. The event was capped off with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and UNFPA in the Pacific.

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7 Billion Actions: World Population Day

High Commission on population should be constituted

Tehran, Iran - The 2011 World Popula-

tion Day ceremony was held at Tehran University, and was jointly organized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the UNFPA Country Office. Dr. Mesdaghinia stressed that Iran’s population is surpassing 75 million, and that MOHME (From left to right) H.E. Dr. Alireza Mesdaghi Niya Deputy Minister for Health, Ministry of Health and Medical Education for Health, needs accurate data to develop high quality Bhutan; H.E. Dr. Alireza Marandi Head of Medical Academic Researches Center; Dr. M. Hulki Uz UNFPA Representative programmes to improve the health of such a large population. He also noted that the Population and Housing Census scheduled for autumn 2011 will provide crucial data and information for decision making. Dr. Mesdaghinia detailed MOHME’s approach which promotes family planning and child spacing. MOHME runs a successful pre-nuptial counseling programme (over 900,000 couples trained to date), has now expanded the programme to include sexual education for newly-weds, and plans to use the primary health care (PHC) system to prevent non-communicable diseases by deploying family practitioners to urban areas. Dr. Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, Minister of Health and Medical Education, echoed these points adding that programmes aimed at responding to unmet needs and strengthening the institution of the family should be reinforced. Her message was delivered by her adviser, Dr. Aghajani. Dr. Marandi, MP and member of the Health Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Parliament) discussed equity and social determinants for access to health services. Dr. Marandi advocated for more investments in preventive programmes, rather than investing in modernizing medical services. European countries have found that investing in modernizing medicine is too costly and are shifting their focus to strengthening primary health care and family physicians. Dr. Marandi urged the MOHME to effect changes in a similar direction , namely emphasizing prevention rather than curative services. The Population and Housing Census will take place in the coming fall: Census questionnaires are now final and 40% of questions will produce data relevant to health programming. Dr. Adel-Azar, Head of the Statistical Center of Iran (SCI), presented the work of his organization on this important exercise. According to SCI, it is urgent for Iran to develop a more detailed population policy. Dr. Hulki Uz, UNFPA Representative emphasized that 2011 is a momentous year for UNFPA because the world’s population is set to reach 7 billion this fall and that of Iran has already surpassed 75 million. He noted that this population growth is both an opportunity and a challenge. Strong government policies are necessary to channel large populations as a force for social and economic development. He praised Iran for its success in massively increasing life expectancy and decreasing both its maternal mortality and fertility rates. Dr. Uz stressed UNFPA’s commitment in helping Iran to further reduce its MMR and improve its data collection capacity, especially in urban and peri-urban areas. A panel discussion, facilitated by Dr. Malek-Afzali, brought together a demographer from the University of Tehran, Professor Mirzaei; the Head of the Statistical Research and Training Centre, Mr. Zahedian; and the Head of the Population and Labor Statistics, Mr. Noorallahi. Key points covered in the discussion included the following: • The rise of HIV/AIDS among youth needs to be addressed through three channels for adapted programmes, namely school, media and family. Specialized care centers should rethink their approach and by expanding their service provision beyond young people on the verge of marriage, to reach married couples and youth in their late years of puberty.

• Studies of the variation in fertility rates among different communities within Iran, noted that the literacy rate is a much stronger determinant than ethnic belonging or religious beliefs.

• Confidentiality of census data was questioned by the audience. Data cannot be used as evidence in a court of law or for any other legal proceedings.

Recommendations were made to establish a high commission of policymakers at the country and provincial levels to make informed decisions on population issues and to fundamentally alter the structure of health networks to focus on youth and family practitioners. 6

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Demographic window of opportunity

7 Billion Actions: World Population Day

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar - a commemorative ceremony on World Population Day was jointly organized by UNFPA and the Ministry

of Immigration and Population (MOIP). Several Ministers, Deputy Ministers, government officials, diplomats, representatives of UN agencies, NGOs, and winners of various contests participated in the commemorative ceremony. His Excellency, U Khin Yi, Minister of Immigration and Population, delivered an opening statement in which he emphasized that the newly-formed Union Government aims to achieve the Millennium Development Goals through various interventions as decided at the national workshop on rural development and poverty alleviation. “In Myanmar, youth is regarded as the strength of the nation and most valued treasure. The Government is therefore paying great attention to the all-round development of our young people. While a comprehensive health programme including health education for youth is promoted nation-wide, our education system will guide our young people to meet the challenges of life.” Mr. Mohamed Abdel-Ahad, UNFPA Representative for Myanmar, delivered a statement related to this year’s theme, “the world at seven billion.” He highlighted the achievements and challenges of a world with increasing population, and the choices and decisions we must all make. He noted seven areas of action required to ensure a healthy world including: breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality; unleashing the power of women and girls; forging a better future for young people; promoting reproductive health and rights; protecting the environment; addressing the needs of the elderly; and planning for urban growth. He further commented that Myanmar is in a “demographic window of opportunity” represented by the increasingly large proportion of people in the working age 15-59 in the country. He encouraged policy changes which promote job opportunities, improve access to social services and promote active aging. At the ceremony, prizes were distributed to 30 winners of the poster, essay, article and photo contests commemorating World Population Day 2011. More than 5000 contestants participated nationwide from all 17 States and Divisions of Myanmar. UNFPA is planning to launch the 2011 State of World Population Report in late October to highlight challenges and opportunities of the World at 7 billion.

Focus on young Filipinos

Marchers brave the rains to participate in the Purple Ribbon March in Manila on World Population Day

The march culminated in a program at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium

Manila, Philippines – To mark World Population Day, UNFPA in the Philippines supported a series of activities to engage partners and raise awareness in the general public of cooperative opportunities to address the challenges posed by a growing population. In the Philippines, population stands at 94 million and is growing at 2.04 per cent every year. On World Population Day, nearly 2,000 people participated in a march in Manila that aimed to draw attention to issues affecting the population, specifically, poverty reduction, women’s rights, opportunities for young people, reproductive health, urban migration, health of the elderly and environmental sustainability. The march culminated at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium where representatives from national government agencies, local government units, civil society, faith-based organizations, people’s organizations, and artists expressed support and made calls to action on the said issues. UNFPA Representative Ugochi Daniels said the 7 billion milestone is significant especially for the Philippines where one in four Filipinos is poor, 11 maternal deaths take place daily, young people do not know how to prevent unwanted pregnancies, HIV prevalence is increasing, and the effects of climate change wreak extensive damages to properties and lives. Daniels said reducing inequities and improving living standards for people today and the future will require new ways of thinking and cooperation. “Protecting reproductive health and rights is fundamental to our collective future and sustainable development. Together we can meet the needs of Filipino women who want to plan and space their births but do not have access to modern contraception. Together we can prevent the deaths of 11 mothers every day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth” Daniels said. UNFPA also called attention to young Filipinos, who constitute one-fourth of the population. “We have an opportunity and responsibility to invest in their future. Every young person deserves education, including sexuality education, and access to comprehensive health services. With the right policies, investments and social support, young people can enjoy healthier lives free of poverty and enhance prospects for peace and stability,” Daniels pointed out. AsianForumNews - July/August 2011


7 Billion Actions: World Population Day

President asks state leaders to commit on population issues

Jakarta, Indonesia – A high level seminar officially opened by H.E. Vice President Prof. Dr. Boediono at the Vice President’s Palace, brought together public officials, diplomats and United Nations team members to think about how Indonesia’s population growth would affect the way of life for millions. “There will be many challenges that come with the world’s growing population, but I am optimistic that we will find the technology to overcome those challenges,” Indonesian Vice President Boediono said. He added that population programmes should be integrated into other development programmes including health, education, economy and social life.

Other activities included a local media campaign on radio, television, and on-line media. Additionally, as part of World Population Day there was a mass campaign for a car-free day in Jakarta. Indonesia has played its part in slowing down its population growth with its successful family planning programme. “This country’s comprehensive family planning programme that began in the early ’70s was clearly one of the drivers of economic growth,” said Joseé Ferraris, the UNFPA representative to Indonesia. He added that progress in basic education, access to maternal and child health care, women’s empowerment, income generating activities and the support of religious leaders were equally important factors in ensuring declines in fertility as well as social and economic progress for the country. He continued by stating “Indonesia’s family planning programme has proved to be one of the most advanced in the region and is used as a model for many nations that still struggle to lower their fertility rates.” President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a video statement which was shown during the seminar. “In the past four decades, Indonesia has prevented population growth of 100 million people,” Yudhoyono said. He also advocates other state leaders to commit on population issues. ‘No country can do it alone in tackling the population challenges. Thus, regional and global cooperation on population is important’, he concluded. At the provincial level, WPD was also commemorated in the two UNFPA current programme coverage areas of NTT and Papua in the form of talk-shows, journalists orientation, and also (From left to right) Drs. Soebagyo à, Head of Provincial BKKBN (National Population and Family Planning Board), Papua Province; Drs. David Wambrauw, MSi à Researcher at Population Study Center, Cendrawasih University, Papua; Djekky R. Djoht, MSi à Chairperson of Population Study seminars. The WPD seminars in Kupang and Center, Cendrawasih University, Papua Jayapura were well attended and held under the auspices of the respective Governors of the two provinces. The situation analysis of population issues prepared by the Population Study Centers of the main universities raised very important population and development trends in the two provinces, indicating a need for more thorough policy-oriented research. In addition, WPD kicked off campaigns on W7B (World of Seven Billion) and 7 Billion Actions through media talk-shows, discussion on W7B among young people through social media, and posters and PSA competition on W7B.

1 Million in 10 Years Vientiane, Laos PDR

— UNFPA Lao PDR launched the 7 Billion Actions campaign, a worldwide advocacy effort, on World Population Day. The campaign will continue through 31 October and will highlight the critical role population changes play in shaping our future, promote dialogue on what it means to live in a world with so many people and encourage activism on issues that affect everyone. Continued population growth, declining fertility, rising mobility, ageing and changing age structure all pose profound challenges but also opportunities. In Lao PDR, these factors point in particular to an urgent need to invest in young people and women. UNFPA and the Ministry of Planning and Investment, MPI, will organize a series of activities over the next four (From left to right) Ms. Mieko Yabuta UNFPA Representative, Lao PDR; Mr. Somchit Inthamit Director General of the months, which include a national essay contest, an aca- Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment; Mr. Somsanouk Mixay Vice President of the Lao Journalists Association demic seminar, a workshop on population issues, a knowledge contest for university students, discussion panels involving parliamentarians and young people, and launching of the State of the World Population Report 2011. In Lao PDR the population was 5.6 million in 2005, 1 million population has been added every 10 years since 1985 when the population was 3 million. In Lao PDR the average number of children per women is declining, but due to high fertility in the recent past, the largest-ever generation of young people are entering their reproductive years and this will guarantee population growth for several decades even as family sizes continue to fall. 8

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“Laos is a country of youthful population structure with 60% of the total population below 25 years of age. Our population is expected to grow to over 6 million in 2015 with about two thirds of them below 25.” said Mr. Somchith Inthamith, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, MPI. “We have to make sure that this group of population both men and women will grow to be the quality workforce who generates income and wealth for the country and for themselves. A period of a large and growing share of the working-age population is called the demographic bonus and is a golden opportunity for development that we expect to last for the next 30 years.” “We have an opportunity and responsibility to invest in adolescents, youth and women,” stated UNFPA Representative, Mieko Yabuta. “With the right policies, investments and social support to young people and women, they will help build a solid foundation to sustainable and equitable development in Lao PDR.” The campaign addresses seven key themes; all are vital to Lao PDR: poverty and inequality; the rights of women and girls; young people; reproductive health and rights; the environment; ageing; and urbanization.

Counting on each other

Ulaanbataar, Mongolia –UNFPA Mongolia in

close collaboration with the National Statistics Office (NSO) of Mongolia marked World Population Day (WPD) with a comprehensive media campaign running from 27 June to 12 July 2011 to raise public awareness of the growing population and its impacts and challenges on the globe. The campaign involved various media outlets including television, newspapers, radio, billboards and websites. This year, WPD coincided with Naadam, the national holiday of Mongolia. WPD activities included a media campaign involving newspaper, television, banners, videos, and internet outlets. The main feature of the WPD media campaign was the MNB TV channel interview with Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin, UNFPA Representative in Mongolia as well as Mr. S. Mendsaikhan, Chairman of NSO. The importance of family planning as a key to healthier mothers and babies and ultimately a more productive population was emphasized by Ms. Piccin. She urged Campaign Poster/ UNFPA Mongolia the stakeholders to invest in young people and sexuality education which would help Mongolia benefit from its vast mineral resources. She also pointed out that current projections indicate that Mongolia will reach 3 million people in 2021. The choice is before the Government to decide whether these additional people will be productive, and if they will add value or be a burden to society and the economy. Interviews with Ms. Piccin also appeared in the English and Mongolian language daily and weekly newspapers as well as on national websites. Mr. S. Mendsaikhan, Chairman of NSO introduced results of the 2010 Population and Housing Census and highlighted some key data that required state and public attention and immediate actions. This helped clarify some misunderstanding by journalists who misinterpreted some data presented during the Census Launch. Additionally, the NSO issued a press release emphasizing that the world population would reach 7 billion in October 2011 and the seven messages of the campaign which included poverty and inequality, women and girls, youth, RH and rights, environment sustainability, ageing, and urban population growth. Banners and posters designed by the UNFPA country office staff were displayed in the main streets of Ulaanbaatar and 21 provinces of the country to raise public awareness of population growth and dynamics and the world population reaching 7 billion. The main daily newspapers published the op-ed by Mr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director translated from English into Mongolian. They also provided comprehensive information on the 7 message of the campaign. The WPD video developed by UNFPA was translated into Mongolian and aired on major TV channels in Ulaanbaatar.

Timor Leste

Local students at World Population Day Event in Timor Leste

Timor Leste Census Launch on World Population Day

*Special thanks to all the UNFPA country offices for the articles and photos they contributed on their World Population Day events.

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Advocacy alliances explored in the Pacific

UNFPA-AFPPD-IPPF Technical Consultation in Fiji

Suva, Fiji - A technical consultation for Advocacy on Population and Development in the Pacific supported by UNFPA, IPPF and the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) was organized to explore the potential of advocacy based on a triangular alliance consisting of constitutional, faith-based and traditional leadership for the promotion of population and development in the Pacific region focused on implementation of the Barbados and International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programmes of Action (PoA). Opening remarks were provided by Hon. Dr. Neil Sharma, Minister of Heath, Fiji. He reviewed statistics on contraception use and fertility rates in Fiji and emphasized the importance of family planning noting that 60% of the population is below the age of 30. He summarized population issues in the Pacific region which include increasing fertility rates, increasing external migration, and increasing premature deaths from Non Communicable Diseases. He called for an ‘all of society’ approach to address these issues as they cannot be resolved by foreign aid and Ministries of Health alone. Participants also heard from Ms. Nancy Noma, Programme Associate AFPPD who provided a summary on AFPPD’s work, advocacy strategies and tools, objectives and areas of focus as well as their history of work in the Pacific. Mr. Iosefa Maiava, Head of ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre presented a summary of the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy as well as the Rio principles for sustainable development focusing on green growth and management of natural resources centering on the 3P’s – people, planet and profit.

Dirk Jena Director, UNFPA PSRO

Mr. Dirk Jena, Director UNFPA PSRO, summarized the key principles of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA) and their significance in population and development in the Pacific region. He highlighted the recognition by the PoA of the family as the basic unit of society and how this principle fit in with the traditional, religious and political leadership agendas of the Pacific region. He also noted how the principles of the ICPD PoA act as excellent benchmarks for advocacy on the importance of population and development issues. He then looked at the principles versus reality which demonstrates the need for integrated action focusing on people-centered human development, sustainable management of natural resources and a family focused approach to population and development programs. Mr. Jena then outlined the basis for triangular advocacy which recognizes “the rich depository of indigenous knowledge available through traditional leadership; the great awareness raising capacities that contribute to the wellbeing of families and their members through faith-based leadership; and the means to cement conducive population and development action in public policies, strategies and plans through constitutional leadership”.

Hon. Mr. Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, Minister for Women, Community and Social Development, Samoa presented the situation in his country in terms of employment, women’s empowerment and the role of faith-based leadership. Mr. Monono T. Dawoj, Assistant Clerk of the Council of Iroij, Marshall Islands presented on the role of faith-based and traditional leaders in his country. The Council of Iroij is comprised of traditional leaders who have the authority to review any parliamentary bills that may affect traditional values (mainly focusing on land ownership) and provide recommendation to legislatures. If the Council rules that a bill is against traditional rules they may tell the parliament that it is not acceptable and the bill will be dropped. This combined with the extensive alliances formed by the Church create a form of triangular leadership in the Marshall Islands. Hon. Mr. Tolofuaivalelei

Falemoe Leiataua Chief Kalkot Mormor, Chief Representative of Vaturisu Council of Chiefs, Efate Island, Vanuatu spoke on Minister for Women, Community & the role of traditional chieftainship. The Government of Vanuatu formally recognizes the National CounSocial Development, Samoa cil of Chiefs but there is no formal relationship. However, there are avenues available to the Council if they want to comment on proposed legislation. Ms. Archana Mani, Acting Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific (IPPF SROP) reviewed the role of non-governmental organizations and civil


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allocate more for ICPD issues

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region met with experts from UN agencies, academia

and international NGOs at the Regional Parliamentarians’ Consultation on ‘Emerging Economies and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’ on 20-21 August 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The conference was organized by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) in cooperation with the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF). Hon. Mr. Woragan Yokying, Vice Governor of Chiang Mai, provided the opening address in which he promoted South-South cooperation as “an appropriate means for sharing traditional knowledge, skills, technology and expertise among developing economies in our region”. Hon. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Porapan Punyaratabandhu, Secretary-General of AFPPD and Senator of Thailand, welcomed participants to the “forum to discuss the current state and future opportunities for emerging economies and developing countries to support Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programmes in terms of national budgeting, South-South cooperation and Official Development Assistance”. Mr. Neil Datta, Secretary of EPF, was also on hand to welcome participants and speak on resource flows in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Over the two-day consultation, Parliamentarians from 6 countries in the region presented country reports on changes in Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Hon. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Porapan Punyaratabandhu

Given the current economic crisis in the West and its subsequent effects on ODA to developing countries, emerging economies in Asia have recognized the need to explore new modalities to mobilize funds for SRHR. During the consultation, it was widely agreed that the gap between actual resources mobilized and funding levels required is greater than ever.

Presentations and discussions covered topics such as ‘Growth and potential of emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region’ and ‘Strategies and tools for population and reproductive health resource mobilization in national budgets’. Participants called for an increase in high-level advocacy and policy monitoring as well as improved financial management of SRHR budgets. Secretary-General of AFPPD and Senator of Thailand

Another key area of discussion was South-South Cooperation (SSC) as such activities have been expanding significantly in Asia and the Pacific, especially in the area of technical cooperation for capacity building. Participants acknowledged that there was room for more dialogue regarding SSC activities and that diverse programs need to be implemented in order to achieve SRHR goals. The roles of youth and women in emerging economies were also discussed. Highlighted in the session on youth was the need for mechanisms to enhance youth participation in decision-making by empowering them through education and access to civil rights. In the session on women and emerging economies, emphasis was placed on prioritizing women’s SRHR through increased advocacy and education in order to achieve gender equality, as a critical element of successful development. The consultation concluded with the Parliamentarians’ adoption of a statement of commitment that called for immediate actions to promote and protect SRHR in their respective countries. Parliamentarians pledged to ensure adequate attention and concrete policy actions on SRHR through high level advocacy and regular monitoring and review of policy and legislation. They also pledged to advocate for increased resources for SRHR information and services, including education, counseling, maternal health, and family planning in national development budgets. AsianForumNews - July/August 2011


Senator Claire Moore

SPEAKS ON 7 BILLION IN AUSTRALIAN SENATE Senator Claire Moore, Australia, Chair of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) Standing Committee on Women attended AFPPDAsian Population and Development Association (APDA) seminar on ‘Seven billion’ in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 18-19 July 2011. On her return she spoke at the Australian Senate about the growing population’s impact on food security and development, and the role of Parliamentarians’ in dealing with these issues. Senator Moore said “At the beginning of this month, I was fortunate enough to be in Sri Lanka in Colombo” for the 27th Asian Parliamentarians’ seminar on Population and Development. “This particular meeting was focused on the growth of the world population, as we move to the figure of seven billion bodies on our planet. The meeting coincided with the release of the latest 2010 revision of world population prospects, the official United Nations population projections prepared by the population division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, which drew the attention of the world to the growth of our population and future expectations. The projections pointed out clearly that we will this year have a world population of seven billion and they traced the history, showing how long it has taken to reach these levels and showing the acceleration which has occurred during the past centuries.”

“World population is projected to cross the seven billion mark very soon, the eight billion mark in 2028 and the nine billion mark in 2054. It is expected to stabilise at just over 10 billion after 2200. It has taken just 12 years for the world to add the most recent Senator Claire Moore Chair of the AFPPD Standing Committee billion to our population. That is the shortest period in time in world history for a billion on Women people to be added to the population. And the stats—and I am not normally a statistical person—give us some sense of the growth rate.” “World population did not reach one billion until 1804. It took 123 years to reach two billion in 1927, 33 years to reach three billion in 1960, 14 years to reach four billion in 1974 and 13 years to reach five billion in 1987. You can see where the projections are going. This is something which we believe the world should think about and acknowledge and we believe we need to look at how we move forward.” The 27th seminar “was opened by Mr. Fukuda, the previous Prime Minister of Japan, who has been a strong supporter of the issues around world population. Mr. Fukuda talked about the fact that activity by international parliamentarians in population and development started in Colombo in 1979 with the first international conference of parliamentarians on population and development. We have a record of that meeting, which shows that the countries across our area, particularly those of the Asia-Pacific and including Australia, gathered at there. The successful outcome of the Colombo conference led to the Asian Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, which took place in Beijing in 1981. It was there that the following really important principle was adopted:”

Issue cannot be forced

“The population issue cannot be forced. The issue cannot be resolved unless members of parliament who represent our people play our roles. Mr. Fukuda then took us to a wider discussion about what we needed to do to take action. He said: First, we should have a clear vision as to how we can achieve sustainable development— and that the important aspect is— “

Population and Development inseparable

“... to come to grips with the issues facing us from a long-term and panoramic perspective. We must understand that the issue of population is inseparable from such ... issues as food security, the environment, energy, and water. That set out the program of the people we met at the conference, the key papers that were presented. They looked at those issues about which we talk so often in this place: sustainability, food security and effective aid development processes where we, as donor countries, can work effectively with people with strong aid and development programs. It was a wonderful moment when we could talk about the Australian aid program, the recent review and the way that the review of our aid program is looking towards a future where the issues of sustainability, environment and population are indeed key to our future aid development, which is of course linked to the Millennium Development Goals. The second aim of the conference was the need: ... to reaffirm that without resolving population issues there cannot be sustainable development. To achieve that result, we must bring to mind our Cairo Agreement and achieve universal access to reproductive health services. This is the first step for poor people to realise a decent life as human beings— and that is in clear compliance with the Millennium Development Goals which the United Nations has confirmed. The third aspect was to: ... find ways to harmonise economic growth with sustainable development. That looks at working with countries. We have been most privileged today in this place to have an opportunity to meet the leaders of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to look at how we can achieve economic development in our region that must be linked to sustainable development and engagement with population.”

Parliamentarians have responsibilities

“Achieving the process will not be easy, but members of parliament have a responsibility. Since the Cairo declaration we have agreed that together we can work to make a change and to ensure that the issues of population are clearly on the agenda. Indeed, 12

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when we have these meetings there is sometimes a view that it is just a matter of sharing knowledge and having a talk. That is just not true. There has always been a statement of commitment and action coming out of the meetings. The 27th meeting came up with a public declaration, which is available on the internet, to which every parliamentarian from the 15 countries represented made a commitment to adhere. We talked about the issues of the 30th year of activity around the AFPPD and how we now have a body of knowledge which we can look back and learn from and in which we can trace the progress.”

Parliamentarians from all party

“Also as parliamentarians we committed to a range of actions. The focus of this meeting is that we are elected representatives without any particular party allegiance who come together to look at the issues around population leading to a range of actions. We strongly advocate among our fellow parliamentarians, the media and other stakeholders because our deep concern is that international interest in the impact and consequences of the ever-growing world population has been waning. There is a concern among parliamentary groups that, while there is acknowledgement that issues around sustainable development and economic development are clearly on the agenda, there has been, we believe, some waning of the acknowledgement of the role of population growth in that process. It is our job, as people who feel this is important, to keep this on the agenda and to keep talking about it. In fact, one of the key actions is that we expect parliamentarians who have the great fortune and honour to attend these meetings of the UN and the Asian Forum on Population and Development to go back to our parliaments and continue to talk about these issues, keep them on the agenda. That is why I have made a range of speeches on these issues. I hope to continue to do so.”

Evidence needs to be provided

“We also as parliamentarians request international aid agencies to provide parliamentarians with evidence based tools to advocate to the public, both in developed and developing countries, about the impact of growing world population on the earth’s future. And we expect that Australia, as a donor nation which has a strong and proud history of the work that we do, will acknowledge the issues of population and work with the countries with which we are engaged on intercountry aid development—that we look at the issues of population in discussions with governments about the development of multilateral trade agreements and in working with NGOs.”

Advocacy is important

“We confirmed the importance of advocacy activities in maintaining and augmenting aid budgets in developed countries and requested donor organisations to implement them effectively. Indeed, what we have been doing in the past weeks is looking at the way aid is developed, how we actually work with countries to ensure that we are not imposing ideas from outside, no matter how good they may seem to us, but working with the countries themselves to see that there is a joint commitment and understanding of the issues. When you sit around the table at these international meetings and hear stories from parliamentarians from other countries, you know that they understand the threat to their nations. They understand sustainability. They want to work with us so that we can have an effective, developed process between us.”

Important role of Parliamentarians

“We must work with international agencies to share with parliamentarians concrete examples of good practice, cost-effectiveness and socioeconomic impact on the community so that we can cooperate in advocacy activities. Most importantly, we reaffirmed the spirit of the 1979 Colombo Declaration on Population and Development and the important role that parliamentarians have to play in population and development issues.”

Advocacy alliances explored (continued)

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Chief Representative of Vaturisu Council of Chiefs, Efate Island, Vanuatu

Hon. Lotoala Metia Minister for Finance and

society organizations in supporting the proposed leadership triangles. Specific examples of work being undertaken were provided by Mr. Paul Wari, Deputy Chair, Board of Governors, Family Health Association, Papua New Guinea. Participants also heard from Hon. Rebluud Kesolei, President of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures (APIL) and MP Palau on their work in the Pacific. Mr. Tangata Vainere, Programme Coordinator Pacific Legislatures on Population and Governance (PLPG) reviewed the history of advocacy from AFPPD to PPAPD to PLPG including their work to date. Hon. Paliknoa K. Welly, Senator from the Federated States of Micronesia raised discussion on the way forward, returning focus to mobilization of alliances between constitutional, traditional and religious leaders. Hon. Lotoala Metia, Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Tuvalu reviewed links between population, development and the MDGs and reported on the Tuvalu development plan for 2005-2015. He further elaborated on national alliances for population and development and supporting structures and associations that could serve as entry points for alliances. Each of these presentations was followed by extensive discussion which led to the Lami Suva Outcome Statement of Commitment calling for governments and parliaments to take a lead role in addressing population and development issues while working through triangular leadership alliances of legislators, faith-based and traditional leaders to promote the ICPD PoA and the Rio Strategy for the benefit of the people of the Pacific region.

Economic Development, Tuvalu

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(From left to right) Hon. Pannha Pen MP, Cambodia; Hon. Toshiko Abe MP, Japan; Hon. John Hyde MLA, Australia; Hon. Moses Manwav MP, Papua New Guinea; Dr. Pinit Kullavanijaya Former Secretary General of AFPPD and Assistant Secretary General of Thai Red Cross

Parliamentarians hail support to fight against


in Asia-Pacific at ICAAP 10 in Busan, Korea

Busan-Korea More than 50 participants attended the parliamentarians’ session on, “Political Commitment and HIV/AIDS: What’s

Next” organized by AFPPD at the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP 10), which was held from 26 -30 August 2011. The AFPPD satellite session was one of four parliamentarians’ sessions organized at the congress. Parliamentarians from Australia, Cambodia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Thailand participated in various interactive sessions during five-days of the congress. ICAAP 10, the largest gathering on HIV/AIDS in Asia-Pacific, with the main theme of “Diverse Voices, United Action” drew more than 2000 participants including Ministers, UN representatives, health experts and youth representatives from various international agencies and INGOs. The Congress was called to address HIV/AIDS as a health issue and also to tackle the intricacies of the epidemic from political and socio-economic perspectives. As this year marks the 30th anniversary since the first case of AIDS was identified in the U.S., the congress drew more global attention. The opening ceremony of the congress was attended by prominent international figures including Fiji President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, former Vice Chairman of AFPPD, UN Special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia Dr. Nafis Sadik, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, WHO Western Pacific regional director Shin Young-Soo, Australian Ambassador for HIV Murray Proctor and Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Asian Development Bank Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development.

Political Commitment and Parliamentarians: AFPPD Session

As a political voice of parliamentary committees on population and development, AFPPD organized a parliamentarians’ session on, “Political Commitment and HIV/AIDS: What’s Next” on Saturday 27 August to showcase best practices of parliamentarians in the fight against HIV/AIDS in their constituencies and countries. The session was chaired by Dr. Pinit Kullavanijaya, Former Secretary-General of AFPPD and Assistant Secretary-General of the Thai Red Cross. In his introductory speech, Dr. Kullavanijaya said that parliamentarians, as law makers, play a pivotal role in creating an enabling environment by enacting and improving legislation and regulations to eliminate HIV related stigma and discrimination, ensuring access to treatment and health care among most at risks population, and monitoring law enforcement. Emphasizing the role of parliamentarians, Dr. Kullavanijaya added, “Leadership of parliamentarians in sensitizing public awareness, changing attitudes and social norms is crucial in bringing about tangible changes”. Strong political commitment in tacking social issues related to HIV/AIDS was also highlighted by Hon. Pannha Pen, MP, Cambodia. He noted that the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children and families have been reduced nationwide through the support of His Majesty the King and the active engagement of Lokchumteav Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen, First Lady of Cambodia. Spotlighting social dimension of HIV/AIDS, Hon. Pen asserted, “The prevention of parent to child transmission drives home the message that HIV is a communicable disease that puts couples and families at risk. It is a family issue that calls for a family-centered and social approach”. The issue of stigma and discrimination was also captured in the presentation by Hon. Toshiko Abe, MP, Japan. “The fewer numbers of HIV/AIDS patients in Japan compared with other countries and lack of knowledge and skills leads to biased view against HIV/ AIDS patients” said Hon. Abe. She pointed out, “What’s next for parliamentarians is to promote user-friendly testing and consultation services, focus on priority groups particularly homosexual men, and strive to raise awareness for prevention especially 14

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to integrate sex education in the basic education curriculum”. Hon. John Hyde, MLA, Australia further accentuated the political prong of HIV/AIDS issues by referring to the significant role of government in budget allocation and legislations, and placed emphasis on rights-based approach in addressing HIV/AIDS. He said, “We can’t talk about democracy and human rights and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment unless the rights of people who are most at risks such as drug users, sex workers are respected”. He also called for greater involvement of churches and public in HIV/AIDS policy discussion. “We haven’t engaged the traditional churches as much. They might have a view about sexual practices and drug use but it is no good for us to criticize them, but we need to find way to engage them” said Hon. Hyde. “It is important that politicians should get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS” said Hon. Mr. Moses Manwav, MP, Papua New Guinea in his speech on political commitment to HIV/AIDS. He said that Papua New Guinea has mechanisms which are quite effective and we just need to ensure efficient management and enforcement. Denoting persisting barriers to address HIV/AIDS, Hon. Manwav underscored the need to bring in leadership at all levels. “Many times we question the problem of management, but the real issues are leaderships”. Urging political support for HIV/AIDS, Hon. Moses said, “What we should do as a politician is to support policies and legislations that protect the rights of each individual. We must ensure that there is access to treatment and to information and communication”. The session saw active interaction by the audience who posed a number of questions on political commitment in different thematic areas of HIV/AIDS. The session successfully concluded with knowledge and information shared among parliamentarians and participants.

Parliamentarians discussed Male Sexuality

( From left to right) Dui Bui Tung MSM Representative, Vietnam; Sakil Transgender Representative, Malaysia; Dr. J.V.R. Prasada Rao Special Advisor to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe; Ramil Transgender Representative, Philippines; Hon. Teodoro Casino MP, Philippines; Hon. Jetn Sirathranont Senator, Thailand

Parliamentarians also participated at a satellite session on, “Policy and Practice: Prioritizing Male Sexual Health in Integrating Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV Programmes”. The session was jointly organized by IPPF ESEAOR and AFPPD on Sunday, 28 August 2011. A hard talk panel discussion featured Hon. Teodoro Casino, MP, Philippines, Hon. Jetn Sirathranont, Senator, Thailand, Dr. J.V.R. Prasada Rao, special advisor to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, and Dui Bui Tung, MSM representative, Vietnam, Ramil, transgender representative, Philippines and Sakil, transgender representative, Malaysia. The panel was facilitated by Laurindo Garcia, B-Change Foundation. Various issues of discrimination such as limited access to services and treatment, scare resources of funding for HIV/AIDS related programmes for MSM and transgender population including issue of identity recognition were raised by MSM and transgender representatives. In response to these concerns, Hon. Teodoro Casino, MP, Philippines gave an overview of Philippines’ legal framework on population management which targets maternal and child health and pointed out that HIV/AIDS is not properly addressed. He said, “The issues of HIV/AIDS needs to be tackled politically and we need to guarantee the rights of all people”. He called for greater involvement of stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS including the passing of Anti-Discrimination bill. Hon. Jetn Sirathranont, Senator, Thailand provided information on the current situation of HIV/AIDS reporting that new infections are concentrated among MSM, sex workers, IDUs and young people. He said that inclusive sex education needs to be included in the education curriculum. Hon. Sirathranont also raised a question on the involvement of stakeholders stating “We need to think about how to move the engagement beyond cabinet discussion”.

Harm Reduction Talk at ICAAP 10

A group discussion session on HIV/AIDS related to drug use and harm reduction organized by Response Beyond Borders (RBB) saw active participation of Hon. John Hyde, MLA, Australia who shared experiences of harm minimization programmes in his constituencies. Other panelists include Tariq Zafar, Chair of RBB, Swarup Sarkar, Luke Samson and various IDU community leaders from Nepal.

AFPPD Parliamentarian at Donor-NGO Dialogue

In the session on, “Donor-NGO Dialogue on Key Affected Women and Girls in National HIV/Responses” organized by the Asian Pacific Alliance on Sunday 28th August 2011, Hon. John Hyde, MLA, Australia shared his perspectives on funding for women and girls. The panelists in the session include Dr. Schaefer-Preuss, Vice President, Asian Development Bank for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Mr. Christoph Benn, Partnership Director, Global Fund, and Ms. Shannon Kowalski, Senior Programme Officer, Public Health Programme, OSI. AsianForumNews - July/August 2011


Asian Forum News AFPPD Office Bearers 2009 - 2011

Chairman MR. YASUO FUKUDA, Former Prime Minister, JAPAN

Vice- Chairpersons DR. SANG GUOWEI, MP CHINA Vice Chairman of NPC Standing Committee PROF. P. J. KURIEN, MP INDIA

European Parliamentarians on

Indonesian Study Tour of Reproductive Health and Family Planning

European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) took six members of parliament from across Europe on a study tour to Indonesia from 21-27 August 2011. The focus of the tour was family planning and reproductive health, showcasing Indonesia’s successful family planning policy. The study tour was hosted by the Indonesian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IFPPD), an affiliate of AFPPD, and UNFPA Indonesia and was made possible through the generous support of Countdown 2015 Europe and UNFPA Geneva Office. Members of the study tour included Ms. Petra Bayr, MP Austria; Ms. Ingeborg De Meulemeester, MP Belgium; Ms. Olivia Mitchell, MP Ireland; Ms. Luisa Salgueiro, MP Portugal; Dr. Eleni Theocharous, Member of European Parliament; and Mrs. Heather Kay Wheeler, MP United Kingdom. The study tour placed an emphasis on field project visits in urban and rural settings. In Jakarta, study tour participants held meetings with Indonesian Members of Parliament, government officials, UNFPA and other donor agencies. In Yogyakarta, participants visited integrated community health posts and public health centres which provide, free of charge, reproductive health services and supplies as well as nutrition to the local population. They also visited temporary shelters for the people affected by the eruption of the Merapi volcano and met with NGOs, such as PKBI (Member of IPPF) and Rifka Annisa, who provide services and counseling to young people and women that have experienced domestic violence.






Chair of the Standing Committee on Status of Women SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE, AUSTRALIA

Chair of the Standing Committee of Men on the Prevention of Violence Against Women DR. AHMAD NIZAR SHIHAB, Sp An, INDONESIA

Chair of the Standing Committee on Food Security Parliamentarians also met with Mr. Jose Ferraris, UNFPA Representative to Indonesia and his staff and were briefed on UNFPA programmes in Indonesia; in addition they visited some UNFPA funded projects. The delegation called on Hon. Marzuki Alie, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Indonesia; Hon. Dr. Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, Minister of Health; and Hon. Dr. Nizar Shihab, Chair of IFPPD, and other Indonesian Parliamentarians with whom they discussed Parliamentarians’ contribution to enhancing political commitment. Parliamentarians with Mr. Jose Ferraris, UNFPA Representative to Indonesia

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