South Africa Government

11/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/01/2019 08:16

Ministers Lindiwe Zulu and Jackson Mthembu host preparatory seminar for International Conference on Population and Development, 4 Nov

Social Development and the Ministry in The Presidency to co-host a preparatory seminar for the International Conference On Population And Development (ICPD25)

In preparation for the upcoming Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu and the Minister in The Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu will on Monday, 4 November 2019 host a preparatory seminar under the theme: 'South-South Collaboration for Sustainable Development'.

The central theme of the seminar is to discuss and strengthen cooperation amongst developing countries to accelerate implementation and achievements of the ICPD Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals).

The year 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994. The conference coincided with the dawn of a new democratic era in South Africa and culminated into the ICPD Programme of Action that amongst others called for the strengthening of the social sector and the importance of the integration of population policies/concerns in development strategies, planning and programmes.

The Programme of Action also called on countries to exchange experiences in population and development policy at regional and international levels. At the time, Partners in Population and Development (PPD) was established as an inter-governmental forum, by ten developing countries, including South Africa to promote South-South collaboration to contribute to achieving ICPD goals on population and development, and reproductive health.

In the last 25 years, PPD has increased its membership to 26 countries, which represent 60% of the total world population. Through advocacy, policy dialogues, exchange of information, best practices, research, training and technical cooperation, PPD Member Countries collaborate with each other and many non-member countries to implement the ICPD Programme of Action, currently within the broader framework of Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals).

The conference will bring together representatives of government, civil society, private academia sector, foreign missions based in South Africa, including representatives of the United Nations development agencies to discuss and agree on South Africa's policy recommendations ahead of the ICPD25 Summit in Nairobi.

Members of the media are invited to attend the ICPD25 preparatory seminar arranged as follows:

Date: Monday, 4 November 2019
Time: 9h00 -12h00
Venue: Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Johannesburg - Gauteng Province

Media can RSVP by contacting Ms Nomfundo Lentsoane on 066 480 6845 or [email protected] and Mr Jaconia Kobue on 0632495120 or [email protected]dsd.gov.za

Media enquiries may be directed to Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or [email protected]