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“My government will eliminate gender violence and child marriage by 2030”, Committed President Uhuru Kenyatta during the official opening of the 3- day ICPD+25 Summit which began on the 12th of November, 2019 and ended on the 14th of November, 2019 at the Kenyatta International Conventions centre, Nairobi. “My government will increase budgetary allocations to sectors that guarantee advancement of the well being of Kenya”, he added.
The International Conference on Population Development seeks to put population issues at the centre of development. The first ever conference of this kind was held in 1994 in Cairo, Egypt where the delegates present clearly rolled out the relationships between population, development and individual well-being. A programme of Action was adopted by the 179 countries present in the Cairo Summit which recognized that reproductive health, as well as women's empowerment and gender equality, are the pathways to sustainable development.
This year’s summit under the theme accelerating the promise saw governments, UN agencies, civil society, private sector organizations, women’s groups and youth networks coming together to discuss and agree on actions to accelerate the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action of 1994 as well as to recommit and speak to what can further be done to break the barriers that are yet to be broken.
The Summit presented attendees with sessions including “Delivering the ICPD Promise through devolution’’: Acknowledging the role of Sub-national governments towards realizing zero maternal mortality, zero unmet needs for family planning and zero violence” which was hosted by the Council of Governors (COG). The main aim of this session was to provide an opportunity for sub- National Governments to share experiences and learn from each other. The session looked at Ending maternal & child mortality in Counties, Milestones in legislation and health sector revenue allocation to devolved governments in Kenya, Ending violence against women and girls under devolved system of governance in Nigeria, Bridging unmet needs for family planning, Landscape of global financing of health services, global medical supplies procurement hubs and implications to devolved governments.
“Devolvement of the health sector to counties was one of the best things to ever happen in Kenya since counties have been able to share best practices and this has therefore generally improved the quality of health care offered to the citizens” said H.E Proff Anyang Nyong’o who was one of the panelists in the COG Concurrent session moderated by Prof. Marleen Termmerman of Agha Khan University. Other panelists included H. E Adelina Mwau, the deputy governor Makueni County, H.E Peter Ndambiri, the Deputy Governor Kirinyaga County, Susan Otchere, Senior Director of Health, World Vision and Dr. Sk Sikdar, additional Commissioner, (Family Planning) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
The session was very engaging and a lot of peer learning took place as there was exchanges in experiencrs between all the countries represented. The session ended with the Council of Governors presenting resolutions as follows: Sub-national governments are committed to implementing policies and programmes that promote zero cost for delivery to expectant mothers, Sub-national governments shall implement policies and programmes that break barriers to promote voluntary use of contraceptives, Implementing innovative, sustainable strategies for financing achievement of the 3 zeros while involving communities, Use experiences of sub-national governments to influence national policies, regional and global health agendas that promote achievement of the 3 zeros, That sub-national governments will strive to learn from one another, share best practices and adopt models and solutions that are working
Other sessions at the Summit included drawing on demographic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development, in which H. E Chepkwony gave his views regarding empowering youth through devolved government units, as well as harnessing the power of cities with H.E Nyongo speaking on the same.
The Summit was a beneficial one for Kenya and all the other Nations represented through the various commitments made that will see efforts being intensified to ensure the wellbeing of all citizens. H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta committed to ending FGM by the year 2030, accelerating women’s equal participation and equitable representation at all levels of the political, public and corporate sphere.

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