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 [...]

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 [...]

The power of 1.8 billion

Never before has there been such a large population of young people in the world.

In Ottawa to launch the State of World Population Report last week, the United Nations Population Fund looked at what is needed to unleash the vast potential and untapped resources of the world’s population of young people, a booming 1.8 billion.

Entitled The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth and the Transformation of the Future, this year’s UNFPA flagship report is timely. Never before has there been such a large population of young people. Soon, [...]

Young people and women remain under-represented in federal politics

From October 10-11th 2014 in Geneva Switzerland, the Inter-Parliamentary Union held its first Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. The Conference was attended by over 180 parliamentarians from around the world. Discussions centered on efforts to challenge the ‘way politics is done’ and the role young parliamentarians can play in standing up against corruption, inequalities and unjust political, economic and social systems.  The Conference also brought to light the reality that less than 2% of parliamentarians are under the age of 30 and 10-20% are between the 30-40 years old.

During [...]

2014 Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report

A new report by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, shows how young people are key to economic and social progress in developing countries and describes what must be done to realize their full potential.

The State of World Population 2014, The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth and the Transformation of the Future provides the latest trends and statistics on adolescent and youth populations worldwide.

In Canada, UNFPA’s flagship publication was released on Parliament Hill in partnership with CAPPD on 18 November at 6 pm. Representing UNFPA was Dianne [...]