On 4 September 2019, AFIDEP’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliya Zulu will be the keynote speaker at the 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development in Tunis, Tunisia. His keynote speech will be on “South-South Cooperation for Harnessing Demographic Dividend for Achieving the ICPD Programme of Action (POA) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 2030”.
The Conference, which will run for two days between 3-4 September 2019, has been organised by the Partners in Population and Development (PPD), in collaboration with UNFPA and the National Board for Family and Population, Minister of Health, Government of Tunisia. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Consolidating the gains and reaffirming the commitments for the achievement of the ICPD Programme of Action (POA) and the SDGs 2030 Agenda”.
The Conference seeks to deliberate and clarify on how the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) can maximise and leverage the health and demographic outcomes; contribute to addressing emerging population issues; and realize global commitment for accelerated implementation of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda.
The Conference will draw Ministers, senior government officials, international development partners; eminent scientists, scholars, academics and subject experts to deliberate and reach consensus on the Conference’s topic. The outcome of this year’s conference will form the basis of a background document containing crucial elements for reflection at the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit in November 2019, a high-level meeting bringing together governments, UN agencies, civil society, private sector organisations, women and youth groups/networks to discuss and agree on the actions needed to accelerate the implementation of the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action, which is critical to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.