Montevideo Conference To Examine Gender-Related Issues In LAC

“When the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) hosts a regional review conference in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo [this] week, it will take stock of the successes and failures of a wide range of gender-related issues, including reproductive health, sexual violence, women’s rights, maternal mortality, and the spread of HIV/AIDS — all of them relating to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC),” Inter Press Service reports, noting the Montevideo Conference is scheduled to take place from Aug. 12-15. According to the news service, “the question lingering in the minds of most delegates will be how LAC has fared in implementing the landmark Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo,” as “a high-level meeting of the General Assembly is due to take place in 2014 to review ICPD achievements — and shortcomings — over the last 20 years.” IPS spoke with Maria Jose Alcala, director of the Secretariat of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD, ahead of the conference, who, according to the news service “insists the international community must build on the Cairo commitments.” In addition, the news service provides quotes from UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin on the relationship between women and development (Deen, 8/9).