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E/CN.9/1995/CRP.1


Economic and Social Council

 
25 January 1995
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


POPULATION COMMISSION
Twenty-eighth session
21 February-2 March 1995
Item 5 (b) of the provisional agenda*


     PROGRAMME QUESTIONS:  PROPOSED PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR THE
                           BIENNIUM 1996-1997

       Proposed programme of work for the biennium 1996-1997: 
 population (Department for Economic and Social Information and
                        Policy Analysis)

                  Note by the Secretary-General


                    SUMMARY

       The present document contains the proposed programme of work
in the field of population of the Department for Economic and
Social Information and Policy Analysis for the biennium  1996-1997.

       The proposed programme was formulated within the framework
of the medium- term plan of the United Nations for the period
1992-1997, adopted by the General Assembly at its forty-fifth
session (resolution 45/253).  The activities include:  follow-up
activities relating to the International Conference on Population
and Development, held in Cairo in 1994; estimates and projections
of population for all countries; studies of internal migration and
urbanization, mortality, population policies, status of women,
population and development, and fertility; monitoring of world
population trends and policies; coordination ad dissemination of
population information; and technical cooperation.


                        INTRODUCTION

1.   The present programme of work is an elaboration of the
activities in population to be carried out by the Population
Division of the Department for Economic and Social Information and
Policy Analysis during the biennium 1996- 1997, as stipulated in
more general terms in the programme on population of the
medium-term plan for the period 1992-1997, and taking into account
the Programme of Action adopted by the International Conference on
Population and Development, held in Cairo in September 1994.  The
programme budget for the biennium 1996- 1997 will be the last
formulated within the framework of the medium-term plan for the
period 1992-1997, which was adopted by the General Assembly at its
forty-fifth session (resolution 45/253).  2.   For the biennium
1996-1997, the programme to be implemented by the Department for
Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis is organized
into five subprogrammes.  They are:

     Subprogramme 1.  Analysis of demographic variables at world
level.  This includes the analysis of fertility, mortality and
migration.

     Subprogramme 2.  World population projections.  This involves
the preparation of estimates and projections of population for all
countries and regions, and urban, rural and city population
projections.

     Subprogramme 3.  Population policy and socio-economic
development.  Included in this programme is the analysis of
population policy and the relationships between population,
resources, environment and development.

     Subprogramme 4.  Monitoring, review and appraisal,
coordination and dissemination of population information

     Subprogramme 5.  Technical cooperation

3.   Reports on the monitoring of world population trends and
policies in the context of the implementation of the Programme of
Action adopted by the International Conference on Population and
Development will be undertaken, building upon and synthesizing the
research carried out in subprogrammes 1, 2 and 3 above.  Reports
will be prepared to provide the basis for the coordination of
population activities of the organizations of the United Nations
system and of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

The dissemination of population research findings produced in
subprogrammes 1, 2 and 3 will be carried out in subprogramme 4, as
will the coordination of population information activities at the
global level through the Population Information Network (POPIN). 
The substantive and administrative management of the Population
Division will also be carried out under this subprogramme.

4.   The proposed programme of work for the biennium 1996-1997 in
technical cooperation in population will be carried out in
subprogramme 5.

5.   During the biennium 1996-1997, the work programme will be
oriented towards the implementation of the recommendations adopted
at the International Conference on Population and Development and
set out in its Programme of Action. 

6.   Activities of importance planned for the biennium include the
biennial revisions of estimates and projections of national, urban,
rural and city populations, including demographic indicators and
age structure; a study of the family-building process, an approach
to the evaluation of the impact of family- planning programmes; a
study of the determinants of contraceptive use; a study of
nuptiality, adolescents and child-bearing; a study of the
methodological aspects of estimating adult mortality; research on
the components of urban growth; a study on the measurements of
international migration and its causes; a study on international
migration policies; research on population, resources, environment
and development; a study on the relationship between population and
poverty.

7.   A major source of data for many of the studies is the
population statistics regularly assembled by the Statistical
Division of the Department for Economic and Social Information and
Policy Analysis.  Findings of various research activities,
including information from the data banks, will be issued in
machine-readable format, especially on microcomputer diskettes. 
Coordination of population information activities through global
POPIN will again be carried out as part of the work programme of
the Population Division.

8.   The proposed work programme has been prepared on the
assumption that additional posts requested for the implementation
of the follow-up activities set out in the Programme of Action of
the International Conference on Population and Development will be
approved.  It is also assumed that full staff and, in addition to
the regular budget, extrabudgetary resources will be available,
particularly for POPIN and in the area of technical cooperation in
population.

9.   Details of the proposed programme of work are given below.


        PROPOSED PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR THE BIENNIUM 1996-1997:
                           POPULATION

Subprogramme 1.  Analysis of demographic variables at world level

A.   International cooperation

     Settlement of disputes, special missions, good offices,
fact-finding, emergency and humanitarian relief services, legal
services

     Provision of background notes and analytical briefs on
demographic consequences of emerging international problems and
developments and participation in ad hoc missions and activities,
as required by the Secretary-General and other officials of the
United Nations system.

B.   Parliamentary services

     Substantive services

     Population Commission, twenty-ninth session (biennial, 1997)

     Ad hoc expert groups and related preparatory work

     1.   Organization and servicing of the Ad hoc Expert Group
Meeting on the Measurement of the Quality of Family-Planning
Services; 

     2.   Proceedings of the Ad hoc Expert Group Meeting on the
Measurement of the Quality of Family-Planning Services (which will
contain six background papers, invited papers and conclusion and
recommendations of the Meeting; out of the six background papers,
two will be prepared by the Secretariat, 1997).

C.   Published material

     1.   Non-recurrent publications

     (a)  A study of the family-building process:  an approach to
the evaluation of the impact of family-planning programmes (1996);

     (b)  A study of the determinants of contraceptive use (1997);

     (c)  A study of nuptiality, adolescents and child-bearing
(1997);

     (d)  A wall chart on evolving patterns of fertility behaviour
in developing countries (1996);

     (e)  A study of the methodological aspects of estimating adult
mortality (1997);

     (f)  The components of urban growth (1997);

     (g)  Paper series on the measurement of international
migration and its causes.  Three papers will be published during
the biennium.

     2.   Technical material

     (a)  "User-friendly" software for microcomputer for new
methods of computing parity progression ratios (1996 and 1997);

     (b)  A database on contraceptive use (1997);

     (c)  A database on fertility levels and trends (1997);

     (d)  A database on international migration.

     3.   Information materials and services

     Booklets, pamphlets, fact sheets, wall charts, information
kits

     Provision of ad hoc information services and data on
contraceptive use, fertility, internal migration and urbanization,
international migration and mortality.

     4.   Operational activities

     Advisory services

     Advisory missions are planned to advise Governments of Member
States regarding the establishment of reproductive health
programmes, including family- planning programmes; to provide
technical support for projects carried out in the fields of
mortality and internal and international migration.

     5.   Intermediate activities that will lead to a complete
output in the  next biennium or that are input for an output listed
in other  subprogrammes

     Contribution to the monitoring of world population trends and
policies (1997), the Population Bulletin of the United Nations
(1996, 1997) and the Population Newsletter.

D.   Coordination, harmonization and liaison

     Coordination of all activities with the Department for
Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis and the
Inter-agency Task Force on Women's Issues and Population; serve as
focal point on women for the Population Division; participation in
follow-up activities of the Fourth World Conference on Women;
participation in system-wide meetings; and contributions to
required documents related to gender and population issues.

Subprogramme 2.  World population projections

A.   International cooperation

     Settlement of disputes, special missions, good offices,
fact-finding,      emergency and humanitarian relief services,
legal services

     Provision of background notes and analytical briefs on
demographic consequences of emerging international problems and
developments and participation in ad hoc missions and activities,
as required by the Secretary- General and other officials of the
United Nations system.

B.   Parliamentary services

     Substantive services

     Population Commission, twenty-ninth session (biennial, 1997)

C.   Published material

     1.   Recurrent publications

     (a)  World Population Prospects:  The 1996 Revision, annex
tables (biennial, 1996);

     (b)  World Population Prospects:  The 1996 Revision (biennial,
1997);

     (c)  Sex and Age Distribution of World Populations:  The 1996
Revision (biennial, 1996);

     (d)  World Population, 1996 (a wall chart, biennial, 1996);

     (e)  World Urbanization Prospects:  The 1996 Revision, annex
tables (biennial, 1996);

     (f)  World Urbanization Prospects:  The 1996 Revision
(biennial, 1997);

     (g)  Urban Agglomerations, 1996 (a wall chart, biennial,
1996);

     (h)  Report of the ACC Subcommittee on Demographic Estimates
and Projections on its nineteenth session (1996).

     2.   Technical material

     (a)  World Population:  The 1996 Revision (a database on
magnetic tape for public dissemination, 1996);

     (b)  Demographic Indicators:  The 1996 Revision (a database on
diskette for public dissemination, 1996);

     (c)  Sex and Age Quinquennial:  The 1996 Revision (a database
on diskette for public dissemination, 1996);

     (d)  Annual Populations:  The 1996 Revision (a database on
diskette for public dissemination, 1996);

     (e)  Sex and Age Annual:  The 1996 Revision (a database on
diskette for public dissemination, 1996);

     (f)  Age Patterns of Fertility:  The 1996 Revision (a database
on diskette for public dissemination, 1996);

     (g)  Urban and Rural Areas:  The 1996 Revision (a database on
diskette for public dissemination, 1997);

     (h)  Urban Agglomerations:  The 1996 Revision (a database on
diskette for public dissemination, 1997).


     3.   Information materials and services

     Booklets, pamphlets, fact sheets, wall charts, information
kits

     Provision of ad hoc information services on national, urban,
rural and city estimates and projections and demographic
indicators.

     4.   Intermediate activities that will lead to a complete
output in the  next biennium or that are input for an output listed
in other  subprogrammes

     (a)  Preparatory activities for the 1998 revision of world
population estimates and projections and demographic indicators;

     (b)  Preparatory activities for the 1998 revision of urban and
rural population estimates and projections;

     (c)  Preparatory activities for the 1998 revision of city
population estimates and projections;

     (d)  Contribution to the monitoring of world population trends
and policies (1997) and the Population Newsletter (1996, 1997).

D.   Coordination, harmonization and liaison

     ACC Subcommittee on Demographic Estimates and Projections,
nineteenth session (biennial, 1996):  preparation of relevant
reports.

Subprogramme 3.  Population policy and socio-economic development

A.   International cooperation

     Settlement of disputes, special missions, good offices,
fact-finding, emergency and humanitarian relief services, legal
services

     Provision of background notes and analytical briefs on
demographic consequences of emerging international problems and
developments and participation in ad hoc missions and activities,
as required by the Secretary-General and other officials of the
United Nations system.

B.   Parliamentary services

     Substantive services

     Population Commission, twenty-ninth session (biennial, 1997)

     Ad hoc expert groups and related preparatory work

     (a)  Organization and servicing of the Symposium on Technical
Cooperation on Population:  Challenges and Opportunities;

     (b)  Proceedings of the Symposium on Technical Cooperation on
Population:  Challenges and Opportunities (which will contain two
background papers, 40 discussion papers, conclusion and
recommendations of the Symposium; the two background papers will be
prepared by the Secretariat, 1997).

C.   Published material

     1.   Recurrent publications

     (a)  Global Population Policy Database, 1997 (hard copy,
biennial, 1997);

     (b)  Population Policy Diskette Documentation (hard copy,
biennial, 1997).

     2.   Non-recurrent publications

     (a)  World Population Policies, volume II (1997);

     (b)  Two reports on international migration policies;

     (c)  Population, Resources, Environment and Development (PRED
Bank) (a database, hard copy, 1997);

     (d)  Report on population, resources, environment and
development (1997);

     (e)  Report on relationship between population and poverty
(1997).

     3.   Technical material

     (a)  Global Review and Inventory of Population Policies:  1997
(GRIPP, 1997) (a database on diskette);

     (b)  Population, Resources, Environment and Development (PRED
Bank, 1997)
(a database on diskette). 

     4.   Information materials and services

     Booklets, pamphlets, fact sheets, wall charts, information
kits

     Provision of ad hoc information services on population
policies and on interrelationship between population and
development trends.

     5.   Operational activities
     
     Advisory services

     Advisory missions are planned to advise Governments of Member
States regarding the implementation of population policies and the
integration of population into development policies and programmes.

     6.   Intermediate activities that will lead to a complete
output in the  next biennium or that are input for an output listed
in other  subprogrammes

     (a)  Contribution to the monitoring of world population trends
and policies (1997), the Population Bulletin of the United Nations
(1996, 1997) and the Population Newsletter;

     (b)  Preparation of two case-studies on population growth and
policies in mega-cities, to be published during the next biennium.

Subprogramme 4.  Monitoring, review and appraisal, coordination and
dissemination of population information

A.   International cooperation

     1.   Settlement of disputes, special missions, good offices,
fact-finding,  emergency and humanitarian relief services, legal
services

     Provision of background notes and analytical briefs on
demographic consequences of emerging international problems and
developments and participation in ad hoc missions and activities,
as required by the Secretary- General and other officials of the
United Nations system.

     2.   External relations

     Liaison with governmental and non-governmental organizations
working in the field of population in relation to the
implementation of the Programme of Action of the International
Conference on Population and Development.

B.   Parliamentary services

     1.   Parliamentary documentation

     (a)  Population Commission, twenty-ninth session (biennial,
1997);

     (b)  Monitoring of world population trends and policies
(1997);

     (c)  Activities of the United Nations system in the field of
population (1997);

     (d)  Work of intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations in the implementation of the Programme of Action
(1997);

     (e)  Proposals for the report on the review and appraisal of
the Programme of Action of the International Conference on
Population and Development (1997);

     (f)  Progress of work in the field of population (1997);

     (g)  Proposed programme of work in the field of population for
the biennium 1998-1999 (1997).

     2.   Substantive services

     Population Commission, twenty-ninth session (biennial, 1997) 

     3.   Technical (secretariat) services

     Population Commission, twenty-ninth session (biennial, 1997) 
     
     Ad hoc expert groups and related preparatory work

     (a)  POPIN Advisory Committee, 1997.  Report of the meeting
(1997);

     (b)  POPIN Coordinating Committee (annual, 1996, 1997). 
Reports of the meetings (1996, 1997);

     (c)  POPIN Working Group on the Management of the Population
Multilingual Thesaurus (1997).  Report of the meeting (1997);

     (d)  POPIN Information Technology Working Group (1997). 
Report of the meeting (1997);

     (e)  Workshop on the Pros and Cons of Electronic Publication
(1996).  Report of the meeting (1997).  Background paper on the
advantages/disadvantages of electronic publication.

C.   Published material

     1.   Recurrent publications

     (a)  World Population Monitoring (1997);

     (b)  Concise Report on the World Population Situation in 1997
(1997);

     (c)  Population Bulletin of the United Nations (two issues per
year, 1996, 1997);

     (d)  Population Newsletter (two issues per year, 1996, 1997).

     2.   Non-recurrent publications

     (a)  Report of the POPIN Advisory Committee (1997);

     (b)  Report of the POPIN Coordinating Committee (1996, 1997);

     (c)  Report of the Working Group on the Management of the
Population Multilingual Thesaurus (1997);

     (d)  Report of the POPIN Information Technology Working Group
(1997);

     (e)  Report of the Workshop on the Pros and Cons of Electronic
Publication (1997).

     3.   Technical material

     (a)  Global Directory of Population Institutions (POPIN
Gopher);

     (b)  Guide to Networking for Population Information Centres
(updated version of Manual 3).

     4.   Information materials and services

     Booklets, pamphlets, fact sheets, wall charts, information
kits

     Documentation on POPIN network and POPIN Gopher;

     Catalogue of Population Division publications, databases and
software (annual, 1996, 1997);

     Population Reference Centre Acquisitions List (monthly).

     Exhibits and other visual materials

     Participation in:

     (a)  United Nations publications exhibit (annual);

     (b)  Book exhibit at the annual meeting of the Population
Association of America (annual);

     (c)  Book exhibit at the General Conference of the
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (1997).

     5.   Operational activities

     Advisory services

     Provide advisory services to POPIN member institutions and,
where required, to countries themselves in the field of information
technologies.

     Field projects

     Provide assistance to countries and regional support teams, as
requested, in the preparation of requests, implementation and
follow-up of projects on
information technologies. 

Subprogramme 5.  Technical cooperation

A.   International cooperation

     1.   Settlement of disputes, special missions, good offices,
fact-finding,  emergency and humanitarian relief services, legal
services

     Provision of background notes and analytical briefs on
demographic consequences of emerging international problems and
developments and participation in ad hoc missions and activities,
as required by the Secretary- General and other officials of the
United Nations system.

B.   Parliamentary services

     Substantive services

     Population Commission, twenty-ninth session (biennial, 1997)

C.   Published material

     1.   Non-recurrent publications

     (a)  Development of guidelines for the establishment and/or
strengthening of institutional arrangements for formulating
comprehensive multidimensional population policies and their
effective implementation (1997);

     (b)  Development of guidelines for the improvement of teaching
methods curricula and teaching/learning materials in the field of
population (1997);

     (c)  Analytical studies on updated techniques of demographic
analysis (1997);

     (d)  Development of guidelines for the conceptualization and
design of methodologies for incorporation of population variables
into development planning, including resources and the environment
(1997);

     (e)  Development of guidelines for the evaluation of the
demographic impact of family-planning programmes within the general
population policy (1997).

     2.   Operational activities

     Advisory services

     Provide advice to Governments and regional support teams and,
where required, to the countries themselves in the fields of:

     (a)  Population policy formulation and implementation (1996,
1997);

     (b)  Teaching demography and population studies (1996, 1997);

     (c)  Demographic analysis and research (1996, 1997);

     (d)  Population and development (1996, 1997);

     (e)  Evaluation of the demographic impact of family-planning
programmes (1996, 1997).


     Group training

     Provision for short-term training workshops/seminars, study
tours, long- term degree and non-degree programmes and fellowships
for degree-level population studies abroad (1996, 1997).

     Field projects

     Technical support to country and intercountry projects to
assist developing countries in developing and/or strengthening
national capacities and capabilities in the areas of
institutionalized training/research, demographic analysis,
population policies, family planning and population and development
(1996, 1997).                    

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