Date: 3-4 September 2019
Venue: Tunis, Tunisia
Executing/Implementing Agency :
National Board of Family and Population, Ministry of Public Health, Government of the Republic of Tunisia,
Partners in Population and Development (PPD)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Background and Relevance
In 2019, the world community is celebrating the 25th anniversary of ICPD along with celebrating 25 years of Partners in Population and Development (PPD), an inter-governmental organization created to implement ICPD program of action in developing countries at Cairo, Egypt in 1994. The PPD through ICPD laid the groundwork for South-South Cooperation (SSC) in reproductive health, population and development. ICPD is the key precedent of the MDGs and SDGs that highlights the importance of SSC globally. The Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA) adopted in 1978 was the original blue print of SSC and the world is celebrating its 40 years in 2019. With two and half decades of experience of SSC and ICPD, remarkable progress has been made by developing countries in reproductive health population and development. In the context of ICPD beyond 2014 and SDGs 2030 agenda, it is important to clarify how the impact of south-south cooperation and triangular cooperation (SSTC) can be maximized and leveraged for the health and demographic outcome; and how SSC can contribute to addressing emerging population issues and how SSC can be promoted to realize global commitment for leaving no one behind
PPD is an intergovernmental organization of 26 developing countries has made significant contribution to strengthen South-South Cooperation towards the achievement of ICPD PoA, MDGs and SDGs. Since its establishment, PPD has made progress towards this goal through a set of interrelated South-South Cooperation activities implemented by member countries (MCs). Furthermore, towards enhancing national commitment and capacities as well as to mobilize resources for achieving ICPD goals, MDGs and SDGs through an improved and more efficient programme of South-South cooperation. UNFPA has been continuously supporting PPD in the organization of international conferences, seminars, workshop, side event etc. to build evidence-based advocacy and capacity and promote population and development through strengthening SSC. As part of its longstanding collaboration with PPD, in 2016 National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC), PPD and UNFPA jointly organized, “The 2016 Ministerial Strategic Dialogue on South-South Cooperation for Population and Development”, held in Beijing, China on 18 March 2016. Followed by the 15th International Conference held in Bali, Indonesia in 2018, adopted Joint Statement between PPD and UNFPA reaffirmed the commitment of PPD member countries to the goals and principles of the ICPD PoA and the SDGs and resolved to translate these commitments into national agenda with concrete actions to attain universal access to RH and leave no one behind. Further PPD and UNFPA jointly surveyed SSC in 17 developing countries that shows the contribution of SSC in achieving ICPD and SDGs in these countries (2018). Keeping these in mind it is proposed to organize jointly with UNFPA and the Tunisian National Board of Family and Population (ONFP), the 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation in Population and Development: Consolidating the gains and reaffirming the commitments for the achievement of the ICPD PoA and the SDGs 2030 Agenda held on 3-4 September 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia.
The 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference (IIMC) on South-South Cooperation for the achievement of the ICPD PoA and the SDG 2030 agenda: Consolidating the gains and reaffirming the commitments”
The 16th IIMC serves as a global platform for peer reviewing, exchanging/sharing of knowledge and experience; developing and strengthening networks, strategic policy dialogues; and bi-lateral dialogues; a series of side events with affirming commitments through all. This forum will create an opportunity of national policy makers from developing countries to understanding, realizing and institutionalizing SSC at a global level to achieve ICPD beyond 2014 and SDGs 2030 agenda. The goal of the 16th IIMC is to:
⦁ Providing a high-level global forum for dialogue, advocacy, peer review and bi-lateral commitments for raising understanding of SSC as an effective development tool for the achievement of ICPD PoA and the SDGs.
⦁ Building partnerships in learning from countries on the success of achieving ICPD and SDGs, particularly in reducing maternal and child mortality; reducing unmet needs of FP, preventing gender-based violence.
⦁ Advocating and generating support for strong national leadership and ownership for the improvement of adolescent’s access to sexual, reproductive health and family planning services with an adequate supply of RH commodities in PPD member countries.
⦁ Strengthening partnerships amongst Member Countries and other development agencies for promoting social cohesion of migrant populations by addressing their healthcare services.
⦁ Building partnerships amongst member countries and other development agencies for harnessing demographic dividend
⦁ Building consensus to acknowledge the progress of SSC in achieving ICPD and SDGs and future commitment for deepening SSC to expedite the achievement of ICPD and SDGs 2030 agenda which will be presented to the Nairobi Summit 2019 in Kenya.
The conference will bring together high level policy makers and leaders from PPD member countries, other developing countries and global and regional stakeholders engaged in the arena of RH population and development. Over 150 participants are expected to attend the conference comprising:
Ministers of Health, Population, Finance, Planning and Economic Development and social sector’s responsible for Population, RH and Development;
Other policy makers including parliamentarians and senior government officials;
⦁ Representatives from other developing and developed countries;
⦁ The representative of UN agencies including UNFPA, WHO, donor agencies, regional and international NGOs;
⦁ Representatives of young people, women’s group, human rights advocates, CSOs, academia, research institutions and other relevant stakeholders.
Conference Sessions and Themes
The one-and-half daylong conference will have the following six-panel sessions aligned to the five cross-cutting themes:
A grand opening Ceremony (IIMC and PPD Board meeting) will be held on 3 September 2019 followed by Technical Sessions:
Technical Session 1: SSC to integrate population dynamics into the national development plan for achieving the ICPD PoA and the SDG 2030 agenda
Technical Session 2: SSC for Improving Universal Access to Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services for achieving the ICPD PoA and the SDG 2030 agenda
Technical Session 3: SSC in contributing preventable maternal death in developing countries
Technical Session 4: SSC for addressing gender based violence through sharing best practices
Technical Session 5: SSC for harnessing demographic dividend for achieving the ICPD PoA and the SDG 2030 agenda
Closing and adoption of Tunis Call for Action
Each session (1 hour and 30 minutes) will be chaired by a Minister / State Minister from PPD member countries assisted by a Rapporteur. Each session will start by a keynote speech (15 minutes) and will have a maximum of five High Level Panelists (7 minutes each). The remaining time will be allocated for interactive discussion.
A high level working group consists of senior officials from UNFPA, PPD and Government of Tunisia will be responsible for conference management. Under their leadership, a team of skilled professionals will be assigned for planning and implementing activities to make a successful event in Tunisia 2019.
The immediate outcome of the 16th IIMC will be the “Tunis Call for Action” will be adopted by the 26 PPD Member Countries, other developing countries and representative from UN agencies including UNFPA and other agencies.
The Call for Action will be drafted through consultation and High Level meetings with PPD member countries. The high level meeting will be facilitated by a senior consultant/expert and prepare a preliminary draft.
A technical committee comprises of experts and high level officials from the PPD Member States and UNFPA will sit time to time during the conference and prepare for submission to the conference for review as well as to build political and professional consensus. The Tunis Call for Action will be presented at the closing session for adoption.
The Conference languages will be English and French and simultaneous translation from and into these languages will be provided.