UN Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Population and Sustainable Development Theme of Asian and Pacific Population Conference "Population and Sustainable Development: Goals and Strategies into the 21st Century" will be the theme of the Fourth Asian and Pacific Population Conference scheduled for 19 - 27 August 1992 in Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia. The Conference is being organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Previous regional population conferences took place in New Delhi in 1963, Tokyo in 1972 and Colombo in 1982. Three pre-conference seminars were organized to focus on technical aspects of selected topics. The first was an expert group meeting on population, environment and sustainable development held in Jomtien, Thailand in May 1991. It was followed by a seminar on migration and urbanization in Seoul, Korea in January 1992, and a seminar on family planning and family health and welfare programmes held in Beijing, China, in March 1992. The conclusions and findings of the regional seminars will provide important technical input to the regional conference. The Asian and Pacific Population Conference will consist of two meetings: a senior officials' meeting for five days, which will be followed by a two-day ministerial meeting. Objectives of the Conference are: 1) to review the progress in the implementation of the 1982 Asia Pacific Call for Action on Population and Development and to develop inter-disciplinary approaches to social and economic goals, in the light of emerging population issues and changing economic situations; 2) to increase awareness of population issues and to deepen the understanding of Governments of important issues in population and development in the next decade and beyond; 3) to identify and endorse agendas, policies, strategies and programmes responsive to emerging issues, in consonance with goals of sustainable development; 4) to intensify regional cooperation in the formulation and implementation of programmes and projects designed to deal with population problems in the 1990s, and to strengthen both the political and financial commitments necessary to safeguard the future; 5) to delineate specific programme strategies to enhance the role and status of women in accelerating the pace of development; and 6) to adopt specific programme strategies to be implemented by Governments with the support of United Nations organizations and specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, bilateral agencies and NGOs. The Senior Officials Meeting will discuss in plenary sessions and in informal working groups topics ranging from mortality and fertility transitions to population ageing, and from population data and information to migration. Based on the deliberations, participants will consider and adopt reports on the topics. A Population Declaration will be drafted for presentation at the Ministerial Meeting. At the two-day Ministerial Meeting, Ministers are expected to make statements on policy formulation and implementation in their respective countries and in the region in general. The Ministers will consider the draft Population Declaration and formally issue their declaration on the final day of the Conference.