Arab Regional Conference on Population and Development: Five Years after the 2013 Cairo Declaration
ESCWA and UNFPA-ASRO in cooperation with the League of Arab States, are co-leading the mandated five-year review of the 2013 Cairo Declaration. In this context, the Regional Conference will serve to review progress since 2013, focusing on linkages and synergies between the Declaration and the 2030 Agenda.
The findings of this exercise will be consolidated in a regional review report and will feed in the global review of International conference on Population Development at 25 years.
The program of the Conference which is being held over three days, will be divided into three components:
1. 2013 Cairo Declaration: Assessing Progress and Challenges in the Arab Region
Participants will benefit from an overview of global and regional population trends and prospects. The draft “Regional Review Report on Progress in Implementing the 2013 Cairo Declaration: Development Challenges and Population Dynamics in a Changing Arab World” (the Report) will provide a key input to the deliberations.
2. Synergies and Interlinkages between the 2013 Cairo Declaration and the 2030 Agenda
The second component of the conference will focus on enhancing participants’ understanding of the nexus of population and sustainable development through exploring the linkages of the 2013 Cairo Declaration and the 2030 Agenda and implications for planning and policy making.
3. Moving Forward: Mobilizing Means of Implementation and Follow-up Mechanisms
Participants will explore ways to enhance means of implementation and follow-up mechanisms to ensure that the next ICPD review, four years from now, showcases tangible progress. Discussions will focus on the role of different stakeholders, including governments, parliaments, and civil society organizations in mobilizing knowledge, capacity and resources to support implementation and enhance accountability and monitoring.