The theme of 55th session of the Commission on Population and Development is “Population and Sustainable Development, in particular Sustained and Inclusive Economic Growth”, which will provide an opportunity to explore human capital development, women’s economic empowerment, inequalities and investment in health and social protection systems – all important issues at UNFPA.
The Commission is the only United Nations forum dedicated to reviewing the implementation of the ICPD Program of Action, and negotiations on its main outcome can serve as a means of accelerating progress on the ICPD and the goals. sustainable development (SDGs). The CPD55 Bureau is chaired by HE Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo of the Philippines, with Vice-Chairs from the Netherlands, Moldova, Côte d’Ivoire and El Salvador.
The Nairobi Summit reaffirmed that sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to sustainable development, but they have suffered setback around the world, not helped by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. Family planning leads to better health outcomes, but it can also reduce poverty by enabling women and girls to pursue an education that improves their economic prospects and those of their communities. Maternal health, too, contributes to economic growth, as the resulting healthy children grow into healthy adults.
Another driver of the economy is gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Women must therefore have access to opportunities, equal pay and social protection, and family-friendly policies must be put in place. Gender-based violence and harmful practices, which hinder women’s social and economic development, must end. And for truly inclusive economic growth, the value of unpaid work, including housework and care, borne largely by women, must be recognized.
UNFPA prepared the Secretary-General’s reports for reference during the Commission’s deliberations, advancing universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s economic empowerment, human capital development, universal secondary education with a focus on girls, tackling unpaid work and data to inform policy-making .
As usual, the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Natalia Kanem, will deliver opening and closing remarks.
Side eventswhich will be held virtually, will cover topics such as the importance of population data in development actions and the promotion of ICPD25 commitments and opportunities.