China Africa Conference on Population and Development

23 June 2019

Accra, Ghana

 

The 3rd China-Africa Conference on Population and Development will take place from 23rd to 26th June, 2019 on the theme ‘Population Data Management and Universal Access to Reproductive Health as Key Drivers of Sustainable Development’, and will  provide the opportunity for African countries to learn from China and vice versa, on how population and data management and universal access to reproductive health can drive the attainment of the SDGs. On the fourth day of the conference the youth will convene the CACPD- Youth4Youth Forum to discuss matters of concern to the Chinese and African Youth. 

Both population data management and universal access to reproductive health remain pivotal to attaining the SDGs but they face serious challenges in Africa. The review of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development(AADPD+5) and International Conference on Population and Development(ICPD) beyond 2014 undertaken in 2018 has revealed, among others, the importance of data management in tracking progress in global
development goals, especially their implications for countries of the global south.

The review process also demonstrated the importance of universal access to reproductive health in improving demographic and development indicators in Africa. This is very important particularly since 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Programme of Action developed at the 1994 ICPD where emphasis was placed on human rights, health and well-being, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and sustainable development. The focus of this conference is closely aligned and interlinked with the vision of the 5x5 Themes and Accelerators approach of building momentum towards the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the Promise.

The five accelerators are cross cutting issues required to galvanize action within each of the five themes that will shape the programme content of the Summit, deploying different modalities to so do.

Conference objectives
As an academic conference that brings together government officials, academics, experts, civil society professionals etc. to exchange ideas and experiences, the meeting has the following specific objectives:
1. To demonstrate the role of population data management in achieving the SDGs.
2. To show the role of access to reproductive health in achieving the SDGs.
3. To highlight the importance of SSC in achieving the SDGs through population data management and universal access to reproductive health.
4. To review the achievements and challenges of the 25 years’ journey of the ICPD.

Expected outcomes of the conference
The following outcomes are expected from the third China-Africa
Conference on population and development:
a) Technical papers on population data management and development issues on China and Africa successfully presented.
b) Concrete ideas on south to south collaboration between China and African Countries on Population and Development shared.
c) Outcome document of the 3rd China-Africa Conference on Population and Development prepared and endorsed.