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The African Regional Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014 was held from 30th September - 4th October at the United Nations Conference Centre, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: The future we want for Africa." was organised in partnership with the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and sought to emphasize the need for state and non-state actors to recommit themselves at the highest level to fully implementing the ICPD Plan of Action at both national and regional levels.

The purpose of the conference was to review evidence of progress, challenges, gaps and emerging issues in relation to the achievement of the goals set out in ICPD agenda, in order to agree on a forward looking agenda that will accelerate regional progress towards the goals set out in the 1994 Programme of Action. The conference report provides a major reference for population and development policies and programmes beyond 2014 and inform the post-2015 development agenda in Africa and is based on three principles:

  • Right to development: the people of Africa have the right to develop in all spheres of life, including human rights and human development, and in peace and security;
  • Empowering and Increasing the capacity of people to play a more strategic role in development; and
  • Justice, equality and human dignity and rights for achieving inclusive and sustainable development. As part of the UN mandated review, the conference is an important part of the global effort to define the post 2015 development agenda.

The conference brought together Ministers responsible for population and development matters from 53 African countries. Also attending were government experts, research and training institutions, the Pan-African Parliament, Regional Economic Communities, United Nations agencies, international organizations, civil society and youth organizations .

On the 4th October, Ministers adopted the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development in Africa Beyond 2014, which consists of 88 commitments that set out concrete actions and Africa’s priorities on population in the development agenda post 2015. All countries, except Chad, adopted the Declaration.  The following 16 member states had reservations on three commitments (17,18 and 35):

1. Algeria

5. Congo

9. Ethiopia

13. Niger

2. Benin

6. Djibouti

10. Gabon

14. Sierra Leone

3. Burundi

7.Democratic Republic of Congo

11. Mali

15. Sudan

4. Central African Republic

8. Eritrea

12. Mauritania

16. Tunisia

The Ministerial Conference was preceded by a segment for Government Experts held from 30 September to 2 October and informed by outcomes from two pre-event consultations by the youth (24-26 September) and Civil Society Organizations (27-28 September).

Download the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development in Africa Beyond 2014 

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n 2012 youth, government, civil society and UN representatives from around the world met in Bali to agree a set of recommendations to address key issues for youth. The Bali Declaration provides a framework for action on health, eductation, work, families, sexuality and rights and civil participation. Online engagement of youth was a key feature of the Bali Global Youth Forum. This year the ICPD Youth Leadership Working Group have prepared an online toolkit to support youth to engage and advocate for the Bali Declaration at Regional Population Conferences. Click on the banner above to find out more about how to make youth voices heard around the 6th APPC and beyond. - See more at: http://icpdbeyond2014.org/pages/view/8-asia-pacific#sthash.lHCtHeE6.dpuf

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