First National Population Conference 2014

Successful in agenda setting for national development priorities and targets for the post ICPD and MDG Development Frameworks by putting young people, elderly, women and girls at the centre of development planning

• The discussions can help shape the Plan of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development beyond 2014. Can also contribute to the discussion on the post-2015 agenda• Women’s decision making behaviour on fertility (paper 102) linked with the political involvement and family structure.

• Need and importance of investing in women: one per cent investment in women gives 11 per cent return as output

• Women empowerment, less pressure from family members, availability of health services• Population issues in the context of 21st century: Demographic policy is inseparable from socioeconomic development policy

• Beyond ICPD and Post-2015 agenda: Promoting inclusive growth; accelerating human development; closing the infrastructure gap; enabling environment for private sector growth; and improving governance and accountability

• Data lacking as we do not have effective Civil Registry and vital statisticsHimalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 7 

The first National Population Conference 2014 concluded today highlighting the need to streamline all population components in development planning. 

The three-day conference that brought all stakeholders, including policy makers, development partners and academicians together, also unanimously focused on increasing investment in human beings to ensure an inclusive development. Addressing the concluding ceremony, Vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission Govinda Raj Pokharel acknowledged that the suggestions and recommendations of the conference would be helpful to formulate development plans and policies in the coming days. “NPC ensures all that it would incorporate the cross-cutting issues in its plan and programmes,” he added. 

Health Secretary Dr Praveen Mishra assured that the government will put the population issues at the centre stage while launching development plans. UNFPA Country Representative Giulia Vallese said the participants have many achievements to cherish and lessons to learn from this conference for further improvement if all stakeholders were to organise the second conference in future. “I trust that rich discussions we have had during this conference around evidences and themes of the conference provide valuable impetus for the new constitution and policies,” she said. 

She said she hoped the national stakeholders will ensure incorporation of national commitments that Nepal has subscribed to in various international conferences, conventions and covenants into national constitution and policies with regard to the fulfillment of the fundamental human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights of all individuals and sub-populations without discrimination and distinction. 

“UNFPA, and the UN as a whole, is pleased to collaborate with national stakeholders to engage with the parliamentarians to bring about changes in the existing discriminatory laws and practices that affect people’s lives, especially women and people of marginalised and vulnerable populations.” 

Chairman of the conference organising committee, Prof Ram Sharan Pathak thanked all for making the conference a success. “It is the success of the government, national stakeholders, development partners and academicians to organise first ever population conference,” he said.

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