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Demographic Dividend Lessons from two years of advocacy with UNFPA-WCARO

“Today is the beginning of a new milestone… Let us not forget that Africa is the continent with the most constraints and uncertainties. Globally, it appears as a disaster area, therefore you see why our action and our place in the agenda beyond 2015 are critical. For this reason, I would like to suggest a roadmap that could help us maximize our contribution, the construction of a better future for us and for all… Today there is a need to agree on how to make the Demographic Dividend the foundation of all of our interventions...” said Mabingue NGOM, Regional Director of UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) on June 30, 2015 in Libreville in Gabon.
This, the Libreville Declaration, was made at the UNFPA - WCARO Regional Management Team Consultation attended by UNFPA Representatives from the 23 countries that constitute the West and Central Africa Regional Management Team.
Other participants included senior staff from the Executive Director’s Office, from WCARO and guest communication and media experts from France and the United States.