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Population Development: 25 years on

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The International Conference on Population development, to be officially flagged off by President Uhuru Kenyatta, will this year be held from the 12- 14th of November 2019, at KICC, Nairobi. Otherwise known as ICPD +25, this year marks its 25th Anniversary since it was first held in Cairo, Egypt where the countries in attendance developed an ICPD Programme of Action recognizing reproductive health, women’s empowerment and gender equality as the pathway to achieving sustainable development. All these were in an effort to put population issues at the centre of human development hence focusing on improving the well- being of citizens.
While in Cairo, the 179 countries in attendance made commitments that are in line with the 5 thematic areas that will be guiding the much anticipated summit including; Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, ending gender based violence, upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care, drawing on economic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development as well as financing required to complete the ICPD programme of Action. In light of the Summit’s theme; Accelerating the promise; countries will be sitting to review how far they have gone in as far as those commitments are concerned and to also make commitments as to how the goals that are yet to be achieved will be realized.
When Kenya adopted the devolved system of governance, the devolved units; the counties, were given their share of functions among them; health and Gender which are at the heart of ICPD. Various counties have made remarkable strides in family planning, reduced FGM, improved maternal health care, county level policy on GBV as seen in Nakuru, Garrisa, Isiolo Kakamega and Meru counties respectively, among others.
There will therefore be exhibitions where counties will showcase their achievements in these areas since 2013. The Council of Governors shall also host side events for counties and also for the youth as well as population experts who will shed light on the findings and achievements made in population matters over the past 25 years among other activities.
The event will be a platform for member states to advance implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action by taking stock of the positive outcomes of the 25 years, the existing gaps and addressing the challenges that are hindering rapid progress. The priviledge to host this event comes in handy as a reminder not only to the existing structures but also to everyone to work towards achieving these commitments for a better living.

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