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Viet Nam part of regional Population Conference to set population agenda for building better lives

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Bangkok, 16 September 2013 - More than 400 delegates, including one Head of State, Ministers, policy makers and civil society representatives from 47 countries are in Bangkok this week to attend the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC). Viet Nam’s delegation is led by the Vice Minister of Health, Nguyen Viet Tien. The five-day Conference will review the region’s successes, challenges and future priorities in the area of population and development and will be instrumental in shaping the regional population agenda for the next decade and beyond.

Participants will review population and development challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region, including the unprecedented pace of population ageing, migration, and urbanization and changing household and family structures.

The Conference will also tackle a range of issues critical to human rights and development, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, and the rights of young people.

In the Asia-Pacific region, too many women still die as a result of childbirth. Lack of information on sexual and reproductive health, and limited access to related services, is contributing to unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions. These gaps also expose millions to the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted disease.

The five-day Conference is expected to arrive at fresh solutions to address these population and development challenges. Organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in cooperation with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, the Conference will be instrumental in shaping the regional population agenda for the next decade.

The Conference is expected to adopt a Ministerial Declaration that will also serve as the Asia-Pacific regional input to the global 20-year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The United Nations General Assembly will convene a special session next year to recommit and advance the ICPD Programme of Action - the first United Nations framework to recognize reproductive rights and gender equality as essential to sustainable development and poverty eradication.

At the close of the Conference on 20 September, Ministers from 46 countries are expected to recommit to redouble their efforts to advance the population and development agenda in Asia and the Pacific.

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You can read the press release or watch the offical opening video of the conference.




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