AWLN Members Attend IPPFAR, Civil Society Pre-CPD Consultations

UNFPA Representative giving summary of the Global Review Report. Photo (c) Murugi Murekio-IPPFAR

UNFPA Representative giving summary of the Global Review Report. Photo (c) Murugi Murekio-IPPFAR

Members of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning are attending a three-day Africa Pre-CPD and Post 2015 consultation meeting. The International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) is hosting the consultation in Nairobi Kenya from which began yesterday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Organised in collaboration with Reproductive Advocacy Network Africa (RHANA), the conference will draw 100 participants from across Africa including youth, civil society organizations (CSOs), governments and United Nations representatives.

In February, the UN Secretary General recently released the global progress report on ICPD beyond 2014. The challenges and unfinished agenda are greater in Africa.  The report noted that in the poorest communities, women’s status, maternal death and child marriage, have seen very little progress in the last 20 years. Eight hundred women a day still die in childbirth and 222 million women still have limited access to contraception and family planning.

African leaders adopted the Draft Common African Position on the Post-MDG Development Agenda at the just concluded AU Heads of state Summit in February. The heads of states committed to speak with one voice, act with unity and ensure that Africa’s voice is heard and is fully integrated into the global development agenda.

Through the pre-conference, African voices will be strengthened ahead of the consultations during the April 2014 47th Session on the Commission on Population and Development.

This consultation will ultimately contribute to the continent’s position and engagement on the United Nations Post-MDGs development agenda.

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