UN Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
National Preparations Under Way To assist in national, regional and international preparations for the International Conference on Population and Development, a number of Governments have already established National Committees or are in the process of doing so. Active participation of all Governments in national-level preparations and awareness-creation, in the regional population conferences, and in the up-coming two sessions of the Conference Preparatory Committee are crucial for the success of the 1994 Conference. The primary function of each National Committee will be to serve as a national focal point for the 1994 Conference, to facilitate national activities, and to coordinate the preparation of the country's National Report on Population. The Reports will address the population and development situation unique to each country and report on the country's population policies, programmes, services, experiences and concerns in population and development. Information will be culled from the Reports and a comprehensive analysis of the material presented to the 1994 Conference. ICPD Secretary-General, Dr. Nafis Sadik has requested Governments to include broad representation on their Committees, including representatives of various Government ministries, departments and units, non-governmental organizations, women's organizations, parliamentarians, the private sector, indigenous groups, and academic and research institutions. Equally important is the need for gender balance on the National Committees. To date, the ICPD Secretariat has been notified that National Committees and Working Groups have been established in Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, .Sweden United States. Yemen and Zimbabwe.