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ICPD 25 +UNFPA @50 Launch Eastern Cape Province: Unfinished business rights and choices for all

UNFPA South Africa through the Youth Advisory Panel Eastern Cape in partnership with EC AIDS Council, Restless Development, Provincial Population Unit and the Office of the Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Social Development commemorated the ICPD25+UNFPA@50 as part of the conversations leading to Road to Nairobi under the theme “Unfinished business rights and choices for all”.

The commemoration took place on the 27th August 2019 in Regent Hotel East London with attendance of +130 participants representing various youth targeted Civil society organisations, Provincial AIDS Council Chairperson of Civil Society Sector, ECSECC, Institutions of higher Learning, Lilitha Nursing College, HEAIDS, etc. This session contributes to the current series of global discussions on #ICPD25, as part of the lead-up to The Nairobi Summit that will be held in Kenya, on 13-15 November 2019.

UNFPA disseminated a provincial position paper on Demographic Dividend (DD) and young people led a vibrant conversation around the four pillars of demographic dividend, young people also came up with recommendations on each pillar of the DD.  The conversation offered an inclusive platform to support regional, national and local commitments of the ICPD Programme of Action within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   Youth serving organisations, youth leaders, civil society partners, and Parliamentarians conversed on the progress and challenges related to the #ICPD25 agenda. This conversation is one of the many conversations that UNFPA South Africa is facilitating with young people, political leaders, Government and Civil Society ahead of the Nairobi Summit.

As an outcome of the session the MEC for Social Development committed to using the provincial DD report presented to resuscitate the department provincial leadership of the social sector to ensure that planning, implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation of all social sector departments is based on the recommendations as outlined in the provincial DD position paper.