As the 20-year deadline for achieving the ICPD goals approaches, a global review of the state of population and development is underway. The review will assess achievements made since Cairo and identify outstanding issues and new challenges. It will serve to renew political support for the Programme of Action, which has been extended beyond 2014 by the UN General Assembly, and will inform the post-2015 development agenda.
As part of this process, the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) will be convened by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), from 16 to 20 September 2013 in Bangkok. The Conference will serve as an intergovernmental platform for the Asia-Pacific preparations for the special session of the General Assembly on the International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014.
The Asian and Pacific Population Conference has been convened by ESCAP for the past five decades. Every ten years the Conference plays a critical role in setting the agenda for population and development policies in the region. In addition, the Conference has provided a vital forum for forging and strengthening partnerships across the region in the field of population and development.