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Calling all APA advocacy grants recipients! Deadline for progress reports is on 3 December 2010. The secretariat is looking forward to reading the developments of the projects. For questions or more information please
Over 90 male and female parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region including experts from UN agencies and international NGOs convened at the Regional Ministers’ and Parliamentarians Conference “Review of Parliamentarians’ Actions and Legislations on the Elimination of Violence against Women”. Organized by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD, APA supporting member) in cooperation with the Indonesian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IFPPD), the conference was held on 21st -22nd October, 2010 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Read more.
Prior to the G20, Planned Population Federation of Korea (PPFK, APA member) conducted advocacy work through the G20 forum on Population and Reproductive Health for Development. Kim Pil-Woo, Director of Humanitarian Assistance Division of Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFAT) Republic of South Korea Kim Pil-Woo and Murray Proctor, Deputy Director General, Program Enabling Division, AusAID spoke on reproductive health as an important element of development strategy. Read more (in Korean).
Population Action International’s (PAI, APA member) preliminary analysis of the November 2nd congressional election results shows a significant reduction in the level of political support for international family planning and reproductive health programs on Capitol Hill. Read more.
Leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) met in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 11-12 November 2010 and adopted: a Leaders’ Declaration; the Seoul Action Plan including a commitment to the Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth; and concrete measures summarized in a Multi-Year Action Plan on Development, focusing particularly on the development of infrastructure in developing countries. Read more. Read the documents at the G20 here.
"UN Member States today took the next step in enabling the newly-created United Nations agency on gender equality and women’s empowerment to begin its work by electing countries to serve on its Executive Board. The elections, held in the 54-member Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will enable the new Board to come together prior to the official establishment on 1 January 2011 of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)..." Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea and Timor-Leste were elected from among the Asian States. Read more.
The 2010 Report The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development has been launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI) trends in the 2010 Human Development Report. Read more.
Don't miss the last chance to register for The Lancet Conference on Women's Health in Asia. Online registration closes on November 20, 2010. For more details and to see the conference program, click here. To register, click here.
A new study by researchers from the population Council, New Delhi, and the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai, which looked at the effect of early marriage among young Indian women found a range of negative associations that compromised their overall lives and reproductive health. Read the study.
A new toolkit to advance equality on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity was launched by Yogyakarta Principles in Action. The new toolkit the Activist's Guide to the Yogyakarta Principles is a product of a collective effort designed to assist activists around the world in drawing upon the Yogyakarta Principles to advance LGBTI rights. Read more.
While polls of Catholics show that they support access to emergency contraception both after rape and as a fallback contraceptive method, Catholic bishops around the world continue to oppose access. This Emergency Contraception Issues is produced by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) and Catholics for Choice. Read more.
This site has been recommended as a good resource that provides linkages to Climate Change and Family Planning and features trends and groundbreaking researches.
In Frances Beinecke’s foreword of the report What’s Good for Women Is Good for the Planet by Kavita Ramdas, Beinecke commented that “...simply by meeting women’s existing needs to plan the number and spacing of their pregnancies, population growth will slow and global carbon emissions will be reduced by between 8 and 15 percent – the equivalent of stopping all deforestation today.” Read the report. Beinecke also wrote about the two groundbreaking reports here - New Studies Find that the Same Tools that Empower Women also Combat Climate Change.
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APA Executive Director Rose Koenders will attend the European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development (EuroNGOs) International Conference “Gender and SRHR at the Heart of the MDGs” on 8-9 November 2010 in The Grosvenor Hotel in London, UK. For more information go to EuroNGOS website.
The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YC, APA member) is calling for applications from young advocates from South Asia and Asia Pacific to participate in “Understanding the Global Fund” Regional Training. The main objective of the training on the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) is to provide 15 young activists (18-29 years old) with the knowledge and tools necessary to better understand and get involved in Global Fund mechanisms and structures at the national and international levels. The training will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 15-17 January 2011. Applications should be sent before 12 November 2010. Read more.
UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO) and the International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP, APA member) are holding the Regional Consultation on Family Planning on 8-10 December 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. The consultation aims to gain support from governments and civil society to prioritize family planning programmes and increase investments in family planning to achieve the MDGs, in particular, universal access to reproductive health.
In a letter sent to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, 25 organizations-members of ASTRA Network expressed deep concern with the result of voting on the resolution “Women’s access to lawful medical care: the problem of unregulated use of conscientious objection” during the 35th sitting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The adopted resolution: fails to oblige health care institutions to provide legal health services to the public; enables both doctors and institutions to refuse emergency care without being held liable; is based on the false assumption that the practice of conscientious objection is adequately regulated in the vast majority of Council of Europe member states. The letter was signed and supported by Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD, APA member), among other reproductive rights and women’s organizations.
The State of World Population 2010 was launched by the UNFPA on 20 October 2010. The report links peace, security and development to women’s rights and empowerment. The launch coincided with the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s landmark resolution 1325, which aimed to put a stop to sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict and to encourage greater participation by women in peacebuilding initiatives. Read more.
Director General of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Dr Gill Greer met with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Ikuo Yamahana to discuss future collaboration between the Government of Japan and IPPF in the field of global health and development, particularly MDG 4, 5 and 6, under Japan's new Global Health Policy 2011-2015 and its maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) assistance model called EMBRACE (Ensure Mothers and Babies Regular Access to Care). Read more.
Two MDG5b shadow reports were produced by young people in Nepal and Bangladesh: Realising MDG 5b in Bangladesh for young people and Realising MDG 5b in Nepal for young people. The shadow reports were produced by South Asia Regional Youth Network (SARYN) of IPPF.
FHI is leading an advocacy campaign on international reproductive health and family planning, the Diverse Voices in Unison: Family Planning and the Millennium Development Goals initiative. FHI and partners from various disciplines have developed a consensus statement that highlights the multifaceted importance of and interdisciplinary support for international family planning. It serves as a call to action for expanded discourse, broad partnerships and consensus building, and increased funding, all of which will accelerate progress toward meeting the targets of MDG 5, as well as the other MDGs. Read more.
The Washington Post reported on a new $100 million federal sexuality education initiative to fund effective programs through scientific testing in the US. While adolescent health experts applauded the shift to comprehensive, scientifically-supported programs, some advocates criticized the nearly $10 million in grants programs that do not provide comprehensive, accurate information. Read more.
Global Asia’s Fall 2010 Edition features the G20 with the edition theme: A Chance to Repair the Global Economy. The G20 is at a potential turning point as leaders prepare to gather at the G20 Summit to be held in Seoul on 11-12 November 2010.
Amanda Marcotte's blog, published by RH Reality Check reflects on lessons of Queensland, Australia on abortion prosecution. Read here.
The evidence speaks for itself: Ten facts about abortion has been released by Ipas on 21 October 2010. The manual serves as a quick reference guide for pro-choice advocates. The guide offers factual evidence debunking ten widely disseminated abortion myths, and provides supporting background information and resources. Read More.
A joint study by the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF), Euromapping scrutinizes EU Member States’ development aid towards Population Assistance and Reproductive Health, both in terms of their pledged commitments and actual disbursements. Euromapping 2010 examines 23 DAC countries and compares spending against the four ICPD categories of population assistance: HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Family Planning and Basic Research. Read more.