2006 Bangkok Conference: Overview

2006 International Parliamentarians' Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action

Bangkok, Thailand, 21-22 November 2006

On 21-22 November 2006, over 300 participants, including parliamentarians and ministers from around 100 countries, met in Bangkok, Thailand, for the third International Parliamentarians' Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI/ICPD).

Other participants included representatives from non-governmental organizations, UNFPA, national, regional and global parliamentary groups on population and development as well as experts and government officials.

During the two-day meeting, the lawmakers pledged to step up efforts to ensure that everyone has access to family planning, services for safe pregnancy and childbirth, and the means to prevent sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDs.

At the conclusion of the conference, the parliamentarians and ministers unanimously adopted the Bangkok Statement of Commitment, which reaffirmed their support of the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its "indispensable role" in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

In this ambitious document, the parliamentarians and ministers pledged, among others, to:

  • Attain at least 10 per cent of national development budgets and development assistance budgets for population and reproductive health programmes including HIV and AIDS prevention and especially, family planning and reproductive health commodities;
  • Ensure that the new target on universal access to reproductive health is immediately and fully integrated into national development strategies and is given highest priority in the plans, implementation and monitoring of relevant government ministries; and
  • Ensure that, when laws are passed and or policies adopted, they are implemented.

The participants also reviewed the results of a Global Survey on progress made by parliamentarians in implementing the ICPD since Cairo and agreed on future strategies for national and regional action to realize its goals. The survey was conducted by UNFPA in collaboration with the four regional parliamentary groups on population and development [AFPPD, European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF), Forum of African and Arab Parliamentarians on Population and Development (FAAPPD) and Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (IAPG)].