ICPD+5 News Bulletin No. 7, 2 November 1998

No. 7, 2 November 1998

Five Year-review of the International Conference on Population and Development

United Nations Population Fund, 220 East 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
For more information, contact dayal@unfpa.org. Fax 212 557-6416.

WELCOME TO Issue No. 7 of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) ICPD+5 News Bulletin on activities relating to the process of the five-year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The News Bulletin is a feature produced on the first Monday of every month for all partners interested in the activities and events leading up to the International Forum on ICPD implementation (The Hague Forum) on 8-12 February 1999, the 32nd session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development on 22-30 March 1999, and the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the overall review and appraisal of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in New York on 30 June-2 July 1999. To receive the News Bulletin, please send us your fax, e-mail or office address and we will add you to the list of subscribers. The News Bulletin is also posted on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web site at: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/sitemap/icpd/International-Conference-on-Population-and-Development/ICPD5-key-actions/ICPD5NewsBulletin, where you can find more information, reports and news on the ICPD+5 review.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

2-6 November: A Symposium on Population Change and Economic Development will take place in Bellagio, Italy.

3-6 November: A technical meeting on Reproductive Health Services in Emergency Situations will take place in Rennes, France. The participants’ list and provisional agenda for the meeting is available on the ICPD+5 web site.

7-9 December: The Economic Commission for Europe and UNFPA will meet in Budapest, Hungary, to review the ICPD Programme of Action. The ECE Population Activities Unit can be contacted at the following telephone and fax numbers, respectively: 41-22-917-2476; 41-22-917- 0101. The ECE PAU web site, which includes information on the regional ICPD+5 meeting, is: http://www.unece.org/ead/pau/rpm/. Their mailing address is: ECE Population Activities Unit, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland.

RECENT MEETINGS

6-9 October: A technical meeting on Population Ageing, organized by UNFPA in collaboration with the Belgium Population and Family Study Centre, was held in Brussels, Belgium. Information and news about the meeting is available on the ICPD+5 web site.

For a listing of other recent meetings related to ICPD+5 activities, please refer to earlier issues of the News Bulletin which are posted at the UNFPA website at http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/sitemap/icpd/International-Conference-on-Population-and-Development/ICPD5-key-actions/ICPD5NewsBulletin, or are available by request to dayal@unfpa.org.

SPECIAL SESSION

A Report of the Secretary-General on preparations for the special session of the General Assembly for an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD (A/53/407) is available on the ICPD+5 web site at www.unfpa.org/ICPD/reports.htm. The progress report presents the status of preparations for the special session; processes underway; and the outcomes of events that have taken place. It includes a calendar of ICPD+5 activities for 1998 and 1999, and was submitted to the Second Committee of the General Assembly in October. The Committee is expected to agree by mid-December on further arrangements for the review.

The 32nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) is expected to complete its work in two days, from 22-24 March 1999. After that, the CPD will be transformed into the preparatory meeting for the special session, and will meet from 24-30 March. The preparatory meeting will be open to all member states.

Arrangements for the effective participation of actors of civil society, including NGOs, in the preparatory meetings and the special session are being worked out in accordance with decisions by the General Assembly. Information on the arrangements will be made available as soon as possible.

DOCUMENTATION

Reports to be considered and submitted to the open-ended CPD preparatory meeting for the special session are the following. For information: the report of the international forum in The Hague; and the quinquennial review and appraisal of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. For negotiation: the draft report of the Secretary-General for the special session on the further implementation of the Programme of Action.

THE HAGUE FORUM

An international forum for the operational review and appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action, organized by UNFPA in collaboration with the Government of The Netherlands, will take place in The Hague on 8-12 February 1999. The Hague Forum will be held at the Netherlands Congress Center (NCC), Churchillplein 10, 2508 EA The Hague, The Netherlands (Tel: (31) 70 306-6244/(31) 70 306 6366; Fax: (31) 70 354 4335/ (31) 70 306 6443). Registration for the Forum will take place at the NCC on 7 February 1999, beginning at 1PM.

The Forum is a part of the overall five-year review of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action to be conducted by the United Nations General Assembly at a Special Session on 30 June-2 July 1999. The Hague Forum will contribute to the review by focusing on key issues and by analyzing country-level operational and programme experience in the implementation of the Programme of Action. The outcome of The Hague Forum will provide a practical input to the review to be undertaken by the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), when it meets in New York from 22-30 March 1999. Invitations to The Hague Forum have been issued by UNFPA to the 179 countries that participated at the ICPD, and to other interested countries. Invitations have also been issued to inter-governmental organizations; United Nations organizations; specialized agencies and other international organizations; treaty bodies; regional commissions; parliamentary groups and foundations.

Information regarding registration, hotel accommodation and travel will be made available upon receipt by UNFPA of the names of the recommended three-person country delegation to The Hague Forum. All official country inquiries related to such Forum-related activities may be directed to Joyce Bratich-Cherif, Senior Coordination Officer, ICPD+5, at the following address: e-mail: bratich@unfpa.org cc:santos@unfpa.org; Fax: 212-557-6416/212-297-4918. NGOs should address their inquiries to the World Population Foundation at the address listed below.

PRE-HAGUE FORUM EVENTS

An International Parliamentarians’ Forum on ICPD+5 will be held on 4-6 February 1999, in The Hague, and will be hosted by the Dutch Parliament. The forum organizers include the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), based in Bangkok, Thailand, and several other parliamentary groups. Parliamentarians attending the forum will be invited to attend The Hague Forum. For more information about the parliamentarian’s forum, please contact: Shiv Khare, Executive Director AFPPD and Executive Coordinator of the Parliamentarians’ Forum, The Neurological Foundation Building, Sala Pamnak, 312 Rajavithi Road, Phyathai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. Fax: (662) 248-8827/247-9236; Tel.: (662) 248-6726/7 or 245-9596; E-mail: skhare@mozart.inet.co.th.

An NGO and a Youth Forum on ICPD+5 will be held on 6-7 February 1999. The NGO and Youth Forums will take place at the same site as The Hague Forum: the NCC (see address above). Registration for the NGO and Youth Forums will take place at the NCC on 5 February 1999, beginning at 3PM. Participants at the NGO and Youth Forums will be invited to attend The Hague Forum. The World Population Foundation (WPF), a Dutch NGO, is the local facilitator for organizations interested in participating in the NGO and Youth Forums, and, assisted by the advisory groups of the NGO and Youth Forums, serves as the secretariat. Information on the organization, process and substance of the NGO and Youth Forums, including information about accreditation, hotel accommodation and travel is, or will be available on the WPF NGO Forum web site at: www.ngoforum.org.
Registration forms are available on-line at:
www.ngoforum.org/files/common/brochure/online1.html. The registration deadline in 1 December 1998.

WPF can be contacted at: (31) 35-642-2304(Tel.)/(31)35-642-1462(Fax)/office@wpf.org. The mailing address is: WPF, Amperestraat 10, 1221 GJ Hilversum, Netherlands. The WPF web site is www.wpf.org. Information about these events is also available on the UNFPA ICPD+5 web pages.

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