Participation of Women Leaders of PPD Countries was near-universal at the Fifty-sixth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York
The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW56) brought together government officials, rural women, representatives of the United Nations and civil society, the media and the private sector. They met at United Nations headquarters in New York to review progress, share experiences and good practices, analyze gaps and challenges and agree on priority actions to accelerate the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality.
Unleashing the potential of rural women — a quarter of the world’s population — was critical to ending global poverty and hunger, several high-level speakers said as the Commission on the Status of Women opened its fifty-sixth annual session on 27th February 2012.“Empowering women is not just good for women, it is good for all of us,” Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), said at the first meeting of the two-week session, which concludes on 16 March.
The current session of the Commission on Status of Women was one of the most well attended meetings at New York. Representatives of almost all PPD member and potential member countries spoke on their experiences in dealing with empowerment of women in their national contexts.
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20th Executive Committee meeting
The 20th Executive Committee Meeting of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 13-15 February 2012. The meeting was organized by PPD in collaboration with National Coordinating Agency for Population and Development (NCAPD), Government of Kenya . The following members attended the meeting:
- H.E. Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Honorable Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India and Chair of PPD
- H.E. Cui li, Vice Minister of National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC), Government of the People’s Republic of China and represented the Vice Chair of PPD
- H.E. Prof. Dr. AFM Ruhal Haque, Host Country Board Member and Honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
- Dr. Boniface Omuga K’Oyugi MBS, Secretary and CEO of National Coordinating Agency for Population and Development (NCAPD), Government of Kenya
- Mr. Ben Haj Aissa Adnene, PCC and Director, Technical Cooperation National Office of Family and Population (ONFP) represent on behalf of Prof. Habiba BEN ROMDHANE, Treasurer, PPD Board and President, Director-General National Board for Family and Population, Government of Tunisia
- Mr. Jacques van Zuydam, PCC and Chief Director Population and Development, Department of Social Development
Re-Launch of Family Planning Campaign of Government of Kenya
The National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) has launched a five-year strategic plan expected to cost it about Sh1.6 billion by 2015. The move coincided with the family planning campaign dubbed ‘Jipange’, which was also unveiled on 14 February 2012. The Government decried high population growth rate which it said is one of the key constraints in achieving the country economic blue print, Vision 2030. Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya told journalists in Nairobi that the current growth rate of three percent needs to be reduced in order for the country to develop. He added ministry of health will spend U.S. $ 7 million dollars in the 2011/2012 financial year for the provision of family planning.
Chair of PPD Board and Honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, H.E. Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad; Prof. Dr. A F M Ruhal Haque, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Vice Minister, National Population and Family Planning Commission, Government of the People’s Republic of China, Ms. Cui Li and senior officials of Government of Kenya were present on the occasion.
PPD Board Member of Bangladesh nominated Harvard 2012 Health Leader
Honorable Member of PPD Board and the Health and Family Welfare Minister of the Government of Bangladesh Dr. AFM Ruhal Haque has been nominated as Harvard 2012 Health Leader to join the ‘Harvard Ministerial Health Leader’s Forum’ in June at Harvard, USA. The four-day forum will begin at Harvard Kennedy School of Government on June 3, said an official release.
It said the nomination was given under Harvard Ministerial Leadership in Health programme to promote the efforts of successful health ministers across the world. Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School of Government are jointly implementing the programme in collaboration with Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.