Press Release - Meeting will Review Progress on Adolescent Reproductive Health Care, Sex Education, and Reducing Teen Pregnancy

United Nations Population Fund
Contact: Alex Marshall
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First event in the ICPD+5 review process

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 9 April 1998 -- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will convene an international "roundtable" meeting on 14-17 April to discuss progress made since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in addressing adolescent reproductive and sexual health needs and in reducing levels of teenage pregnancy.

The Roundtable on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is the first in a series of international events that are part of the ICPD+5 process which consist of activities connected with a five-year review of progress made in implementing the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action and to make recommendations for the future.

The meeting will review the achievements, programme experiences and policy changes made by countries in response to the reproductive and sexual health needs of adolescents since the Cairo Conference.

The ICPD Programme of Action called on countries, with the support of the international community, to "protect and promote the rights of adolescents to reproductive health education, information and care". It also urged governments, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to "meet the special needs of adolescents and to establish appropriate programmes to respond to those needs".

Hosted by the Ford Foundation at its headquarters at 320 East 43rd Street in New York, the roundtable meeting, "Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Assessing the Impact of ICPD", will examine lessons learned, success stories and constraints faced by countries in implementing the ICPD recommendation on adolescents.

The meeting will be attended by government representatives, and NGOs from developing and developed countries, foundations, experts on adolescent reproductive health, academic and research institutions and United Nations Agencies.

The four-day meeting will be broken into sessions devoted to particular topics: Promoting an Enabling Environment for Adolescent Reproductive Health (Tuesday, 14 April); A Special Session on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention with Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive Director, UNFPA and Ms. Jane Fonda of the Georgia Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (15 April); Health Promotion (15 April) Providing Youth Friendly Services (16 April) and Innovative Approaches to Involve Youth in Adolescent Reproductive Health projects (17April).

The meeting will also feature panel presentations on a wide array of related subjects, among them: Teen Concerns and How Young People Make Choices; the Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescents; Sexual and Reproductive Health Education; Promoting Gender Sensitivity and Sexuality Education in and out of Schools; Strengthening Reproductive Health Services and Sexual Education for Adolescents; Involving the Community in Adolescent Reproductive Health Programmes; and The Role of Parents and the Extended Family in Adolescent Reproductive Health.

On Friday, 17 April, working groups at the roundtable will produce a summary report with recommendation for future actions.

As part of the ICPD+5 process, UNFPA is sponsoring a series of events including technical meetings and roundtable discussions on selected subjects as well as an International Forum on ICPD implementation to be held in February 1999 in the Netherlands.

Forum participants will include governments, parliamentarians, academics, foundations, and representatives of civil society including NGOs and the private sector from more than 100 countries.

The ICPD+5 process will conclude with a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 30 June-2 July, 1999, which will review and appraise the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action.

The report of the Roundtable on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights will be consolidated, along with those from other roundtables and technical meetings, into a document for review by the International Forum and as background material for the Secretary-General’s report to the Special Session.

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