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IPS Reports On Upcoming 5th International Parliamentarians' Conference On Population, Development

Inter Press Service reports on the Fifth International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) program of action, taking place May 24-25 in Istanbul, Turkey. According to the news service, about 300 parliamentarians from six continents will meet to “discuss ‘the progress the world’s governments are making in their efforts to protect and empower women in their reproductive health and rights: a promise they made at the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994 in Cairo,’ says the European Parliamentary Forum (EPF), which is co-organizing the event.”

“The Istanbul conference, co-organized with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), will provide a means for [members of parliaments] ‘to find support and forge common strategies to ensure that population and development issues remain a priority for their governments,’ the EPF says,” IPS writes. “The EPF says that the parliamentarians’ conference has taken place regularly over the past 10 years, but the Istanbul meeting is taking place at a crucial time, with the approach of deadlines that were set for completing the ICPD Programme of Action (2014) and the Millennium Development Goals (2015),” the news service notes. “Another meeting, the Family Planning Summit, being organized by the UNFPA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Jul. 11 (World Population Day), will seek to achieve some solutions,” IPS adds (McKenzie, 5/21).