ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY


RESOLUTION OF THE SIXTY-FIRST SESSION OF THE OAU
COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ON IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAMME OF ACTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT (ICPD)

Addis Ababa

January 1995>

The Council of Ministers of the Organization of African Unity, meeting in its Sixty-first Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from ____ to _____ January 1995,

Having considered the report of the OAU Secretary-General on "The Activities of the Secretariat in the Field of Population and Development" Document CM/______;

Bearing in mind the intrinsic linkages of population, development, environmental conditions, the quality of life and peace and stability;

Noting that there are still many African countries which have not yet adopted appropriate national population policies in order to stabilize demographic trends and restore harmony between population and the carrying capacities of national economies;

Mindful of the fact that the implementation of the Kilimanjaro Programme of Action for African Population and Self- reliant Development; the Dakar/NGOR Declaration on Family and Sustainable Development; and the subsequent national population policies formulated and adopted in the Member States, has been hampered partly by the lack of adequate financial resources and the necessary expertise.

Considering the important role of the OAU Secretariat in the field of population and development as witnessed by the establishment of the African Population Commission and its coordination of the African Group at the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD), Cairo, in close collaboration with the UN-ECA and ADB;

Recognizing the importance of the Programme of Action of the ICPD as a global framework for national action and international cooperation, aimed at improving the quality of life for each and every member of the human family;

1. URGES Member States to further strengthen their political commitment to population and development policies and take concrete actions in order to promote and implement the Programme of Action of the ICPD and the Dakar/NGOR Declaration on Family and Sustainable Development, taking into account national laws, religious and ethical values, cultural backgrounds and in conformity with the universally recognized international human rights;

2. FURTHER URGES Member States to put in place institutional infrastructures responsible for policy guidance, coordination and monitoring as regards population activities;

3. APPEALS to the Member States to allocate adequate budget for population programmes and intensify sensitization activities through follow-up meetings, publications and audio- visual aids and both print and electronic media;

4. CALLS UPON the UNFPA once again to increase its financial and technical assistance to population activities in African countries and the OAU Population and Development Policy Programme, while appreciating the spirit of cooperation demonstrated since its establishment in 1969;

5. FURTHER REQUESTS non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor agencies and governments to reinforce their partnership with national and regional population institutions in initiating and implementing population programmes in Africa in a more organized and coordinated way;

6. ENCOURAGES the Secretary-General of the OAU to seek extra budgetary resources for population related activities of the Secretariat;

7. URGES the OAU, UN-ECA and ADB to work jointly in the field of population and development; and

8. REQUESTS the Secretary-General of the OAU to coordinate and monitor population programmes in Africa and report regularly to the Council of Ministers and to the Assembly of Heads of State and Government;


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