Kathmandu, June 4: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav is inaugurating the First National Population Conference with the theme “Communicating Population for Development Planning” here tomorrow. The gathering aims to discuss key issues of population and sustainable development and to build a common understanding among stakeholders of national development priorities and targets for the post ICPD and MDG Development Frameworks.
A total of 108 papershave been selected for the conference and will be presented in 72 parallel and 36 poster sessions on around 15 themes, UNFPA, one of the co-organisers of the conference stated in a press release. The national and international scholars will be making presentations on: Fertility; Migration; Population Ageing; Population, Gender and Development; Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Maternal and Child Health; Access to Reproductive Health Services; Family Planning; Abortion and Abortion Research; HIV and AIDS; Population, Poverty and Development; Sexual Health Behavior and Practices; Demographic Methods, Age-Sex Structure and Demographic Dividend; Population, Health and Nutrition; and Gender Based Violence. Nepal has witnessed many important demographic changes over the last 20 years due to declining fertility and mortality rates, increasing life expectancy, increasing age at marriage and rising internal and international migration. Nepal is among the signatories of the 1994 Programme of Action of the ICPD, which made a clear practical connection between human rights, population dynamics and economic development.
The operational review, carried out 20 years after the ICPD during the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development in the UN Headquarters in April this year, reinforced the need to consider emerging population priorities and to integrate population dynamics into the sustainable development goals that will follow the MDGs post 2015, according to the UNFPA. In this context, the conference aims to bring together policy makers, academicians, researchers, implementers, development practitioners and other stakeholders to form a collaborative network, share research findings and good practices and to explore, discuss and advocate emerging issues around population and development.The Ministry of Health and Population; Central Department of Population Studies/TU; Population Association of Nepal; CREHPA; Family Planning Association of Nepal and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, are jointly organizing the conference. RSS