PSN and other representatives of the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance joined civil society representatives in Geneva this week for the population dynamics civil society global thematic consultation meeting.
The meeting on 18-19 February brought together over 40 civil society representatives working on the following areas: population growth, sexual and reproductive health and rights, migration, ageing and urbanization. The meeting was convened by the agencies coordinating the consultation, the UNFPA, the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, UN HABITAT, International Organization for Migration, alongside the governments of Switzerland and Bangladesh.
The consultation focused on how population dynamics should be integrated into the post-2015 development agenda. The main purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for civil society organisations to contribute to the draft outcome document for the population dynamics thematic consultation A Call to Integrated Population Dynamics into the Post-2015 Development, Recommendations of the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Input and recommendations were sought on how population issues can be incorporated in the new development agenda, focusing on the following four major areas:
Working in groups focusing on these areas representatives drafted recommendations to feed into the consultation outcome document.
There were a large number of representatives from the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) community, including representation from the following member organisations of the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA): DFPA, IPPF, PAI, Path Foundation Philippines Inc. and PSN.
As well as working in the population growth group, several representatives of SRHR- focused organisations, including PSN’s Sarah Fisher, joined the other groups to ensure focus on SRHR as a cross-cutting area of importance to all population dynamics.
The meeting was one of a series held for the consultation, and contributions added to those made previously by the expert group meeting in November 2012, and a meeting in January with the private sector. As well as inputting to the draft outcome document for the thematic consultation currently being worked on by the co-sponsors, the meeting also provided opportunities to provide input to a draft Dhaka Declaration for the High Level Leadership meeting in Dhaka Bangladesh on 12-13 March 2013.