April 2012

APA UPDATE #33 April 2012



Best of Luck at the CPD!

APA would like to wish all of the Members that are attending the 45th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD), being held in New York from 23-27 April, best wishes for a successful session.  The theme of this year’s event is “Adolescents and Youth."

Thanks to APA Steering Committee for a Productive Meeting in Bangkok

APA would like to thank all of our Steering Committee members and resource persons for a productive and dynamic meeting on ‘Strategizing for ICPD Beyond 2014!’,  held in Bangkok on 10 April.

APA at NGO Regional Meeting on Strategizing Beyond ICPD and the MDGs

APA Secretariat will be attending the 'Beyond ICPD and the MDGs: NGOs strategizing for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Asia-Pacific region' being organized by ARROW in cooperation with GIZ and UNFPA.  The meeting will be held 2-3 May in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any inputs for the meeting.   Read more here.

APA at Regional Meeting on Interventions for Impact in Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care in Dhaka

APA Secretariat will be attending ‘Asia Regional Meeting on Interventions for Impact in Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care’ organized by USAID's Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported Oxytocin and in cooperation with Women Deliver, in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 3-6 May. The meeting focuses on specific, high-impact interventions to address major causes of maternal and perinatal mortality in Asia.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to know more about this meeting. Read more here.


CARE Australia is Newest APA Member

APA is pleased to welcome the newest member of the Alliance, CARE Australia.

SH&FPA Youth Rep to Speak at CPD Side Event!

The Australian Youth Representative for IPPF East and South-East Asia Region and Chair of SH&FPA   Youth Interest Group, Zoe Stewart, will speak at `Education Matters: Empowering Young People to make Healthier Choices: Learning from Experiences in Latin America and Africa’ side event at the UN Commission on Population and Development. The session takes place 24 April from 1:15 -2:45 at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, and is organized by The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) and IPPF. Read more here.

Joint Statement on Thailand at UPR in Geneva

A joint statement by Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT) and Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) was delivered by Meghan Doherty of Action Canada on Population and Development (ACPD) during the adoption of Universal Periodic Review (UPR)  outcome reports at the Human Rights Council in March. The theme of statement was ‘Stigma and discrimination against sex workers and the rights of migrants to sexual and reproductive health care’ in Thailand.  Read the statement here. 

Article features FPI Study Tour in Solomon Islands

A new article on Family Planning International's study tour to the Solomon Islands in July 2011, part of the APA Advocacy Grants Program, has been published in Metro magazine by Sam Eichblatt.    ‘Where women live in fear’ highlights the issue of Violence against Women (VAW) experienced in the Solomon Islands.  Read the article here.

New Resource Displays US Support for Maternal and Reproductive Health

Population Action International (PAI) has created a new ‘infographic’ displaying US support for Maternal and Reproductive Health, in the run-up to the US election. Access the infographic here.&.  Also find  find the statistics the infographic is based on here.


Nepali Youth Position Paper for CPD on SRH Challenges

“Adolescents & Youth in Nepal: Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges” is a position paper developed for the UN  CPD - 45th session  on "Adolescents and Youth" by YUWA, a youth led organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Access the paper here.

Apply Now for  GBV Prevention Workshops in Bangkok

Apply now for two regional learning events focusing on Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention, organized by Partners for Prevention (P4P) 1) ‘Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop: Introduction to Primary Prevention of Gender-based Violence’ from 2–4 July in Bangkok, and 2) ‘Asia-Pacific Regional Learning Event: Practitioner’s Clinic – Improving our Primary Prevention Interventions’ from 5–6 July in Bangkok.   Deadline for applications is 8 June.  Read more and apply here.

Scholarships Available for Presentation of Gender, Sexuality and HR Papers at SE Asia Conference

Applications are being accepted for the Second International Conference on Human Rights and Peace & Conflict in Southeast Asia, which has a ‘Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights’ track. There are now 60 scholarships available for the conference, which will be held 17-18 October in Jakarta, Indonesia. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 25 May. Read more here.


Melinda Gates Speaks Out so Contraception

Listen to Melinda Gates speak about putting birth control back on the global agenda on ‘Ted Talk’.   Melinda Gates shares her thoughts that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women can control their rate of having children.  Watch the video here.

Global Family Planning Decade?

A new International Center for Reproductive Health (ICRH)  opinion paper entitled ‘A call for a family planning surge’ explores the beneficial impacts on public health, environmental sustainability and social and economic development that meeting the need for family planning would provide.  It further urges for a strong renewed commitment of the global community in the form of a global family planning decade.  Read the article here.

UNITAID is Calling for Letters of Intent!

UNITAID  is calling for Letter of Intent on two topics 1) innovative approaches to improve access to paediatric antiretroviral medicines; and 2) improving access to key preventive, diagnostic and treatment commodities for HIV, TB and malaria through market-based approaches.  Deadline for submission is 22 May. Access more information here.

New Resource for Sexual Rights Advocates and the UPR Process

‘Sexual Rights & the Universal Periodic Review: a Toolkit for Advocates’ has been published by The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). The toolkit is designed to assist CSOs to bring their knowledge, expertise and experiences to an international forum, the Universal Periodic Review, which can influence the realization of human rights where it matters most, in the daily life of individuals. In -depth knowledge of the UN system or human rights law in order to participate effectively with the UPR.   Access the toolkit here.

Consultancy Opportunity with IPPF for the External Assessment of Danida A+ Programme

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is seeking a coordinating consultant or group to assess a 3-yr adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights programme funded by Danida. The assessment must be completed during the period of June 2012 – March 2013.  Deadline for applications is 30 April. Read more here. 

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