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26 countries join conference on population in Yogyakarta

  • Sri Wahyuni

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, November 28, 2017   /   06:03 pm
26 countries join conference on population in Yogyakarta Power to the people: VIP delegates of the 14th conference on population and development take a group photo with Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani (fifth right, sitting) and Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X (right of Puan) after the opening ceremony in Yogyakarta on Tuesday. (JP/Sri Wahyuni)

Around 250 delegates from 26 member countries of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) are participating in a two-day international inter-ministerial conference on population and development in Yogyakarta.

Jointly organized in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the National Family Planning and Population Agency (BKKBN), the conference was officially opened on Tuesday by Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani.

In the opening remarks of her speech opening the 14th PPD conference, Puan said that the theme of “Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration - A South-South Perspective and Intervention Needs aligned with the theme of the upcoming 51st session of the UN Commission on Population and Development in 2018.

“Understanding urbanization and migration is profoundly important as the two processes have significant development impacts at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels,” Puan said.

She said the issues would be discussed within the contexts of the six priority interventions of the South-South cooperation, namely the integration of population dynamics into national development plans; the improvement of adolescents' access to sexual and reproductive health services; affordable and accessible maternal and child healthcare services; social cohesion of migrant populations; healthy ageing; and the focus on the relationship between poverty and health globally.

“The conference serves as a global platform for peer review, exchange of knowledge and experience, network development and South-South cooperation promotion on sexual and reproductive health, population and development,” Puan said. (ebf)