Overview

2009 International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 27-28 October 2009

The first IPCI/ICPD took place in Ottawa, Canada, from 21-22 November 2002. The conference, held at the Canadian Parliament, brought together 103 elected representatives from 72 countries and territories, and established, for the first time, a global system of regular monitoring and follow-up for parliamentarians on the implementation of the ICPD PoA.

The second IPCI/ICPD was held on 18-19 October 2004, in Strasbourg, France, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, which is Europe's oldest and most representative political institution. It was attended by 119 elected representatives from 82 countries and territories, including ministers and speakers of parliaments from both developed and developing countries.

The third IPCI/ICPD was held on 21-22 November 2006, in Bangkok, Thailand at the United Nations Conference Centre. The conference brought together over 300 parliamentarians, governments, non-governmental organizations and other participants from 100 countries. At the Bangkok Conference participants took stock of the progress made so far by parliamentarians in advancing the ICPD agenda and come up with regional action plans to take their collective efforts to a next level.

All three conferences generated tremendous results, with parliamentarians around the world making the Ottawa Strasbourg and Bangkok Commitments a point of reference for their work in supporting the ICPD Programme of Action. Numerous parliamentary declarations and reports have been adopted at the national, regional and global levels in the past six years, which refer to or build on the three Commitments and their calls to action.

The purpose of this biennial conference is to promote dialogue among parliamentarians from all regions of the world on the issues of population and development. Their two main themes are constant: resource mobilization and the creation of an enabling policy environment for the implementation of the ICPD PoA.