Future Planning Initiative: A leadership opportunity for the Government of Canada

Organized by a small group of Canadian organizations, the Future Planning Initiative emerged out of a meeting of experts representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publicly elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the meeting were to develop a shared understanding of issues related to SRHR (including global gaps), to explore options for a collective approach to Canada’s SRHR policy over the next five years, and to build momentum for such an approach.

By giving adolescents and young women more control over their bodies [...]


CAPPD Receives Response to Order Paper Question on Muskoka Initiative

On March 31st 2015, the Chair of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD) MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan submitted a question to the Order Paper. The question (in full below) requested an update on spending within the context of the Muskoka Initiative on maternal, new born and child health, with a specific focus on family planning and reproductive health care.

The Member of Parliament giving notice of a written question may request an answer within 45 days and may also ask that oral answers be provided to no [...]


Letter to the Honourable Rob Nicholson on Human Righs Council Resolution on Violence Against Women

June 8, 2015

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2

Dear Hon. Mr. Nicholson,   I write to you on behalf of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD), an all-party parliamentary association that works to advance issues related to population, health, women’s empowerment and development. CAPPD is made up of members from the House of Commons and the Senate, representing all major political parties.

We first want to congratulate Canada on [...]


Overview of Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach Summit

In May 2014, Canada hosted a high level summit on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The Summit, entitled Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach, built on the Muskoka Initiative on MNCH announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the G8 summit in June 2010, which committed governments to collectively spend $7.3 billion between 2010 and 2015 to accelerate progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, specifically the reduction of maternal, infant and child mortality in developing countries. Total Government of Canada contribution [...]


Interview with CAPPD member, Senator Raynell Andreychuk on 20 years of implementation of ICPD Programme of Action

CAPPD: This year the international community is celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. Given your previous experience as a Canadian diplomat, lawyer, judge and community activist, what does the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action mean to you?

Sen. Andreychuk: The ICPD Programme of Action articulates the clearest and most comprehensive global commitment to issues of population and development. Accompanied by a set of demographic and social goals, it has been the cornerstone of our global efforts to address basic needs [...]