47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development

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A Population Commission was established by the Economic and Social Council in its resolution 3 (III) of 3 October 1946. In its resolution 49/128 of 19 December 1994, the General Assembly decided that the Commission should be renamed the Commission on Population and Development. In the same resolution, the Assembly decided that it, the Council and the Commission should constitute a three-tiered intergovernmental mechanism that would play the primary role in the follow-up to the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, and that the Commission, as a functional commission assisting the Council, would monitor, review and assess the implementation of the Programme of Action at the national, regional and international levels and advise the Council thereon.

The themes of the commission include Ageing, Environment, Family Planning, Fertility, HIV/AIDS, International Migration, Marriage and Unions, Mortality, MDGs, Population Policies, Population Trends and Urbanization.

Contraceptive use and unmet need for family planning are key to understanding profound changes in fertility and to improving reproductive health worldwide. Family planning is also at the core of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, where couples and individuals have the right to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information and means to do so. The Population Division produces estimates, compilations and analyses of family planning levels and trends and assesses Government concern and policies related to contraceptive use.

World Contraceptive Use is a comparable and up-to-date set of national data on contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning for almost all countries and areas of the world, and a concise profile of current levels of contraceptive prevalence, overall and by specific method, is published separately in a wall chart. Global and regional analyses are available in the recurrent series Levels and Trends of Contraceptive Use. Global, regional and country analyses will be available in expert group meetings and panels.

AWLN Members Fatimata Deme, Fatimata Sanou, and Jane Kiragu will attend the meeting.

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