- When: 15 November 2022, 11:50AM (Bangkok) 04:50AM (GMT) | 12:50AM (EST)
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On 15 November 2022, on the occasion of the International Conference on Family Planning, to be held in Pattaya, Thailand, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Partners in Population and Development (PPD) are jointly organizing a ministerial-level panel discussion on “South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Family Planning.” Aiming to explore programmatic and policy experiences, as well as suggestions for leveraging South-South and triangular cooperation for family planning, the event will count with a keynote remarks from UNFPA’s executive director, as well as addresses from ministerial-level officials from countries such as Bangladesh, China and South Africa.
A high-level panel of government ministers will be one of the high-impact events at the conference designed to make a resonant voice that calls for expanded access to family planning. It will advocate for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC), a well recognized developmental mechanism, including for family planning, that is gaining greater momentum since the Second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation in 2019. The panel will showcase how countries leveraged SSTC to enhance the capacity of national agencies and other organizations in providing family planning services. SSTC has been proven as effective in sharing knowledge, technical support, and resources among partners across countries, thereby addressing capacity gaps that may potentially inhibit family planning access. SSTC is also a political tool in creating international solidarity to protect and expand ICPD gains. SSTC is a key priority of the UN General Assembly as indicated in the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review. The panel will provide programmatic inspiration and policy guidance in strengthening existing SSTC partnerships and finding new ones for family planning.
Partners in Population and Development (PPD) is an inter-governmental body at ministerial level dedicated to leveraging South-South cooperation for population and development. It is composed of 27 member-states representing some 65% of the global population. It is currently chaired by the Republic of South Africa. It welcomes partnerships with other countries that share the group’s mission.
UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, has the mission to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Guided by the 1994 Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), it operates in more than 150 countries and territories. Its current Strategic Plan 2022-2025 identifies South-South and triangular cooperation as one of the strategic accelerators for the achievement of the goals.
- Khandaker Humayun Kabir (Shishir), Officer-in-charge, PPD (email@example.com)
- Mr. Yanming Lin, Chief, Inter-Country Cooperation Office, UNFPA (firstname.lastname@example.org)