Beijing, China — The Eleventh Annual Board Meeting of Partners in Population and Development was held on 11 November 2006 at the Beijing Friendship Hotel in Beijing, China. Chaired by H.E. Mr. Zhang Weiqing, Chair of PPD, the Board Meeting was attended by the Board Members and Partners Country Coordinators (PCCs) of Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Gambia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe. The Board discussed the past, ongoing and future Governance and programmatic issues of the Alliance.
From the left Mr. Sangeet Harry Jooseery, Executive Director of PPD H.E. Mr. Zhang Weiqing, Chair – PPD Board and Minister, NPFPC, China H.E Dr. Zhao Baige, Vice Minister, NPFPC, China and H.E Dr. Fouad Hamadi, General Secretary Ministry of Health, Morocco.
The Board reviewed the progress made over the last nine months since Mr. Harry Sangeet Jooseery assumed office as the Executive Director and considered his suggestions and vision for the Alliance in the days to come. The Board noted with great satisfaction the substantial progress made by the Alliance over the short period of time under the leadership of the new Executive Director and his farsighted, pragmatic and forward-looking vision for the promotion of South-South Cooperation towards the achievement of ICPD and Millennium Development Goals.
The Board expressed their deepest appreciation to the Executive Director and his team and pledged all support and assistance to him in his future endeavours. The Board Members renewed commitment and support of their respective Governments towards South-South Cooperation in the greater interest of the developing countries.
The Board approved the opening of an Africa Program Office in Kampala Uganda and the following strategic directions proposed by the Executive Director as the way forward towards achieving ICPD and Millennium Development Goals for balanced and sustainable development of the Southern nations. The strategic directions are:
- High level advocacy for the strengthening of Reproductive Health Program and for the adoption of an integrated approach for the attainment of ICPD and MDGs.
- Integrating Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS program activities
- Ensuring Reproductive Health Commodity Supply and Security
Honorable Board Members, PCCs, representatives from the member countries and PPD staff in the PPD’s Eleventh Annual Board Meeting at the Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China.
The Board placed on records the substantial assistance and support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Government of the Netherlands to Partners in Population and Development.