Global Parliamentarians’ Conference Commits to Women’s Health and Rights in Face of New Challenges, Including Climate Change
28 October 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Forum of African and Arab Parliamentarians on Population and Development (FAAPPD), along with European, Asian and Inter-American parliamentarian groups, organized the fourth Global Parliamentarians' Conference on Population and Development, which convened from 27-28 October 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The meeting was considered timely given the urgency to deal with population issues vis-à-vis emerging challenges such as environmental degradation, the food and financial crisis, and climate change. The meeting gathered over 400 legislators and ministers, who reaffirmed their support to the principles and goals of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including access to reproductive health and reduction of maternal mortality by 2015. The meeting adopted the Addis Ababa Statement of Commitment, which includes the pledge to increase related budget allocations to at least 10 percent of the national budget and development assistance to support family planning and access to sexual and reproductive health. [UNFPA Press Release][Addis Ababa Statement of Commitment]