The Jakarta Post
Yogyakarta Calls for Action has been adopted to strengthen cooperation and exchange of information and experiences between Partners in Population and Development (PPD) member countries in the field of population and family planning.
Adopted on Wednesday at the end of a two-day international ministerial conference on population and development in Yogyakarta, the declaration also highlighted issues beyond population, family planning and family development, such as pledges to reduce cases of gender-based violence and committing to providing greater access for adolescents to sexual and reproductive health.
The conference also agreed that PPD member countries had to benefit from their respective demographic bonus by exchanging more of their experiences in training children, youths and adolescents in the field of life skills.
“In this case we choose to [share] our successful experience in the field of population and family planning already acknowledged by the international world,” National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) principal secretary Nofrijal said.
Some 250 delegates from 26 PPD member countries joined the conference that was themed “Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration — A South-South Perspective and Intervention Needs.”
Nofrijal said the declaration would be taken to a conference on population and development to be held in New York next year.
Previously in the opening ceremony of the conference, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) executive director Natalia Kanem praised Indonesia for its active role in sharing its experiences in family planning programs among developing countries through international training programs. (ebf)