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).
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: