Zim to host high level meeting

Written by on October 6, 2023

Conert Sibanda


Zimbabwe is set to host a high-level international consultative conference which will set the tone on the world’s preparedness to respond to issues around sexual reproductive health and rights and population development ahead of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD30) to be held next year.

The 20th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Population and Development, which will be held in Victoria Falls next week, is expected to create and provide opportunities for cooperation in the fields of population and development.

The programme is being organised by Partners in Population and Development (PPD), a ministerial-level inter-governmental body composed of 27 member countries that represent more than 60 percent of the world’s population and the United Nations Population Fund.

The Program of Action recognized reproductive health and the empowerment of women and gender equality as pillars of sustainable development.

At the last ICPD25 held in Cairo, the Governments made commitments to address maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning services, and gender- based violence.

Zimbabwe, along with the rest of the Governments made national commitments in five areas, namely, universal access to sexual and reproductive health, financial resources to finish the ICPD Program of Action, demographic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development and gender.

It is expected that next week’s meeting will take on a South-South Triangular Cooperation lens by looking at how this can accelerate the achievement of the ICPD Program of Action.


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