Mrs Kori Habib, the Media Associate, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), says arrangements have been concluded for the 2020 West and Central Africa Regional Planning Meeting (RPM) on population and development.
She made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, adding that the meeting, scheduled for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, was to advance the objectives of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) held in Nairobi in 2019.
She noted that the Malabo meeting would focus on outcomes in the region and each country, following the ICPD25 Nairobi summit.
Habib stated that the meeting would also focus on the perspectives of the post ICPD25 summit in the midst of the Mid-Term Review of the Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
According to her, the RPM is a moment of strategic reflections that takes place every year to discuss the organisational priorities and performance issues and how to strengthen collective accountability for better results.
She said that “indeed, in addition to the corporate priorities, the West and Central African region is facing unprecedented humanitarian and insecurity challenges, with several key elections taking place in 2020 that may affect operations and programmes.
“The meeting will, therefore, guide UNFPA on how to better organise itself to deliver.”
She recalled that the Nairobi summit concretised the three transformative goals, adding that “everyone knew where and how they fit in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with operational and technical support issues which were challenging.”
The media associate, therefore, noted that a better strategy was needed to achieve the goals in spite of constraints.
She stressed the need for UNFPA to have conversation between the regional and country offices so as to find winning strategies to collaboratively identify and address them.
She also emphasised the need for country offices’ technical assistance to take stock of previous lessons learnt from countries, from south to south cooperation and exchange of good practices.
The UNFPA media associate noted that at the Nairobi summit, commitments were made, which would require concerted efforts by all UNFPA units to continue to work with stakeholders to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
According to her, efforts must be made to position UNFPA as key driver within the “Decade of Action” to achieve the goals of the SDGs.
Habib explained that the 2020 RPMs would be a critical opportunity to discuss UNFPA’s role across the regions, as a leader delivering on and contributing to key SDGs and targets within the Decade of Action.
The RPM is open to all UNFPA staff, government and policy makers, youth and women organisations, the private sector, media organisations and journalists, religious, traditional and community leaders and partners.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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