UN Adopts Ambitious Development Agenda

At the beginning of August, leaders from around the world came to consensus on the future of global development for the next 15 years. The new agenda, called the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” will build on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and apply to all countries, regardless of economic, social or political realities.

The main content of Agenda 2030 is the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with the 169 targets under those goals. Goals include achieving better health and education, contributing to gender equality, eliminating [...]

Baird Lauds UN Resolution on Child Marriage

Original Source: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

December 18, 2014 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement after a Canada-Zambia led UN resolution on child, early and forced marriage was adopted by consensus by the General Assembly with 116 co-sponsors:

“Today marks another turning point in our fight to end the practice of child, early and forced marriage. This community of nations spoke unequivocally for the need to protect young girls, and secure their futures.

“Whether it is through the Canadian-led Maternal, Newborn [...]

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 [...]

CAPPD Letter to PM Harper, communicates 6th IPCI/ICPD Conference outcomes

May 28, 2014

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P

Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Block
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

As you prepare Canada for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 on September 22 2014, we would like to draw your attention to a document regarding the twenty year review of the ICPD PoA and the post-2015 agenda, approved unanimously by Parliamentarians of 134 nations at the [...]

CAPPD members return to Ottawa after 6th International Parliamentarians Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD

The 6th International Parliamentarians Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI/ICPD) took place from April 23-25th 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Conference brought together 263 parliamentarians from 134 countries around the world to assess progress and challenges remaining in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action, since 1994. Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD) Vice-Chairs, Mylène Freemen and the Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, represented Canada at the conference.

A passionate leader on sexual and reproductive health and rights, [...]