Today, the world is celebrating the Population Day under unprecedented severe health crisis, which continues for the second year to challenge the 7.8 Billion people around the globe, and affecting mostly those in developing countries. Effective efforts have been made since the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 aiming at controlling and stabilizing population growth, improve access to RH/FP services and commodities, reducing maternal and child mortality and empower women for more equity and prevention from gender based violence. The ICPD@25 held in Nairobi in November 2019 reaffirmed the commitments of Governments to keep their promise to accelerate the implementation of ICPD program of action within the agenda of SDGs by 2030. The main commitments adopted at the Nairobi Summit on three zero objectives: Zero unmet needs in Family Planning, Zero preventable maternal death and Zero gender based violence and harmful practice to girls and women, will bring governments, international partners and other stakeholders to work together, building collaborative partnerships to achieve these objectives.
Partners in Population and Development (PPD), the intergovernmental organization of 27 member countries representing more than 60% of the world population and working for the implementation of ICPD PoA through effective and transformational south-south cooperation programs, committed to integrate the Nairobi Summit commitments into national development plans and take concrete actions, based on PPD Strategic Plan (2020-2024), to fulfill the commitments through SSTC for achieving the ICPD and the SDGs set to be accomplished by 2030, with specific emphasis on achieving the three zeros and responding to emerging issues and challenges on population and reproductive health generated and to be generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the 17th International Inter ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation in Population and Development held in 2020, PPD member countries exhorted international community and relevant stakeholders to ensure sustainable financing in SSC for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes by 2030, for fulfilling the Nairobi Summit commitments and accelerating the implementation of MCH and RH-related SDGs, and make sure that no one is left behind in these challenging and critical times.
On this renewed occasion of the World Population Day, PPD and its member countries will celebrate the event with greater concern on its population affected by the COVID19 pandemic, calling upon all nations and development partners to work together in order to fulfill their engagements taken in Cairo in 1994 and reaffirmed in Nairobi in 2021 to uphold the lives of the people in developing countries, improve the health including reproductive health of girls and women and reduce high maternal and child mortality. PPD will continue to collaborate with its partners to promote South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Reproductive health, family planning, population and development and bring the changes needed for achieving SDGs by 2030.
Considering the global needs within the context of COVID-19 era, PPD will host in November 2021, its 18th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation in Population and Development on the theme of “Sustained South-South Cooperation programs for the achievement of ICPD and SDGs”.