Background

On the 20th year after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo and the year before the reckoning of the MDG achievements, civil society organizations in collaboration with government policy makers, program implementers, and development partners will gather at the Philippine International Convention Center on January 21-24, 2014 for the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights. This conference will provide an opportunity for the participants to examine the region’s performance, current good practices for diverse population segments (adolescents and youth, women of reproductive age, men, and the elderly), the roles and accountability of different stakeholders, as well as lessons learned, issues and challenges in realizing the ICPD Program of Action and in attaining the SRHR-related MDGs. This gathering will also generate new paradigms, innovative ideas and strategies that would address emerging SRHR issues and challenges beyond 2015.

The Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health, and Welfare, Inc. is the host of the NGO led 7th APCRSHR. It was also the convenor of the 1st APCRSHR in February 2001. The succeeding five conferences were held in Thailand (2003), Malaysia (2005), India (2007), China (2009), and in Indonesia (2011).

Theme and Objectives

The theme of the 7th APCRSHR is Examining achievements, good practices and challenges: Towards a strategic positioning of SRHR for all. This theme was chosen to review the Asia Pacific’s accomplishments, good practices for diverse populations particularly adolescents and youth, women of reproductive age, men, and the elderly, the different stakeholders’ roles and accountability, lessons learned, issues and challenges in realizing the ICPD-POA and in attaining the SRHR-related MDGs.

The sub-themes are as follows:

  • Overview of the SRHR performance including good practices, lessons learned, challenges and future directions (beyond 2015) for diverse groups and social settings in addressing the ICPD-POA and in meeting the MDGs and other related commitments.
  • Good SRHR practices in formal and informal health systems (focus on the six pillars—governance, health facilities, health financing, human resources, regulations and health information) issues and challenges.
  • Sexual and reproductive rights in ‘ordinary’ or non-crisis settings and during humanitarian response: Good practices, issues and challenges.
  • Emerging and re-emerging issues, challenges and prospects beyond 2015.

Objectives

  • To revisit the ICPD-POA, MDGs, and other SRHR-related commitments of the Asia Pacific countries;
  • To systematically review the performance of the Asia Pacific region,sub-regions, and countries including the good SRHR practices and lessons learned for diverse groups and social settings to address the ICPD-POA and in meeting their commitments to achieve the MDGs (4, 5 a & b, and 6);
  • To identify the past, current and future roles and accountability of different stakeholders particularly NGOs, national and local governments,and development partners in achieving key SRHR results;
  • To elicit new paradigms, innovative ideas, and strategies that would meaningfully address emerging SRHR issues, challenges, accountability of stakeholders beyond 2015 and within the Sustainable Development Goals[SDGs] framework;
  • To foster new alliances and to strengthen partnerships and cooperation in SRHR endeavors among diverse stakeholders from the region.