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European Population Forum 2004

12 - 14 January 2004

Geneva

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), along with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as co-organiser, and the Swiss Government as host, convened an expert meeting – the European Population Forum (EPF) 2004 – in Geneva on 12-14 January 2004. The Forum considered, inter alia, important, newly emerging population changes, examine challenges they pose and identify best policy responses to them. In this context, it examined the implementation of the ICPD-related regional and global agreements of the 1990s in the UNECE region, particularly in countries in transition. The Forum also considered how the UNECE region can further the implementation of these agreements in the future.

The Forum brought together noted experts from executive and legislative branches of government, academia, research, intergovernmental organisations and institutions, civil society, including non-governmental organisations and the private sector. All participants took part in their personal capacity.


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Information

Information Note

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Description of the Forum

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Agenda and Programmes

Provisional agenda

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Provisional programme

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Final documents

Report of the Forum

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List of participants

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Background papers (presented as received from the authors)

Summary of deliberations

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Arabic

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Chinese

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English

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French

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Russian

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Spanish

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Presentations made at the Forum

Presentations made at the European Population Forum, 2004

The views expressed in the presentations below are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the secretariat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and of the United Nations Population Fund.

The presentations herein are copy protected and require the consent of the presenters before they can be used.

Monday, 12 January 2004

 

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Opening Session

Chair

Ambassador
Walter Fust

Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

 

 

Opening Statements by the:

Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

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Executive Director of UNFPA

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Executive Director of UNECE

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European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid

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Head of the Social Policy Department of the Council of Europe

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Keynote session 1: Population and development in Europe during the last decade

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Ms. Thoraya A. Obaid

Executive Director, UNFPA, USA

 

 

Speakers:

 

Mr. David Coleman

Professor of Demography, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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Ms. Ursula Haubner

Secretary of State, Federal Ministry for Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection, Austria

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Thematic session 1: Global population and development trends: the European view

Chair

Ambassador Walter Fust

Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

 

 

Panelists:

 

Ms. Thoraya A. Obaid

Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund New York, USA

 

 

 

Mr. Karel van Kesteren

Executive Director UN and International Financial Institutions Ministry for Development Cooperation, The Netherlands

 

 

 

Dr. Wolfgang Bichmann

KfW Development Bank, Germany

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Dr. Aikan Akanov

Director General, National Centre of Problems of Healthy Style of Life, Almati, Kazakhstan

 

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Ms. Jill Sheffield

President, Family Care International, New York, USA

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Tuesday, 13 January 2004

 

Thematic session 2: "Childbearing and parenting in low fertility countries: enabling choices"

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Mr. Steven Sinding

Director General, International Planned Parenthood Federation, United Kingdom

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Panelists:

 

Ms. Anne Gauthier

Professor in Comparative Public Policy, University of Calgary, Canada

 

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Mr. Christian Jacob

Secretary for the Family, Ministry of Health, Family and Older Persons, France

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Ms. Arni Hole

Director General, Ministry of Children and Family Affairs, Norway

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Ms. Nada Stropnik

Senior Researcher, Institute for Economic Research, Slovenia

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Ms. Christine McCafferty

Member of Parliament, House of Commons, United Kingdom

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Thematic session 3: "Morbidity, mortality and reproductive health: Facing challenges in transition countries"

Chair

Ms. Lynette Lowndes

Head, European Department, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Switzerland

 

 

Panelists:

 

Ms. Valentina Leskaj

Member of Parliament, Albania

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Ms. Ellen Nolte

Lecturer in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

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Mr. Vladimir Shkolnikov

Head, Data Laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany

 

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Dr. Gunta Lazdane

Regional Adviser, Reproductive Health and Research, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Denmark

 

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Mr. Dominic Haazen

Health Program Team Leader, World Bank, Latvia Office

 

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Wednesday, 14 January 2004

 

Thematic session 4: "International migration: promoting management and integration"

Chair

Mr. Gervais Appave

Director, Migration Policy and Research, International Organization for Migration, Switzerland

 

 

Panelists:

 

Mr. Peter J. Van Krieken

Special Advisor, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands

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Mr. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

Co-Director, Mediterranean Migration Observatory, Greece

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Mr. Jonas Widgren

Director General, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna, Austria

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Ms. Rosaline Frith

Director General Integration, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

 

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Mr. Dominik Langenbacher

Delegate for Migration Dialogue, Federal Office for Refugees, Switzerland

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Keynote session 2: "Policy challenges of Europe's demographic changes: cross-cutting issues"

Chair

Ms. Janina Jozwiak

President, European Association of Population Studies, Poland

 

 

Speakers:

 

Mr. Jérôme Vignon

Director, Social Protection and Social Integration, DG Employment and Social Affairs, European Commission, Belgium

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Mr. Paul Demeny

Distinguished Scholar, Population Council, New York, USA

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Closing Session: "International migration: promoting management and integration"

Chair

Ms. Thoraya A. Obaid

Executive Director, UNFPA, USA

 

 

Statements by the:

 

Director General of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office

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Executive Director of UNFPA

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Director General of IPPF

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European Commission, Director of Social Protection and Social Integration

 

 

 

The President of European Association of Population Studies (EAPS)

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President of the Inter-European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (IEPFPD)

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Reactions

Thematic session 1

 

Ms. Irirna Badurashvili (Georgian Centre for Population Research), Georgia

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Mr. Victor Bernhardtz (Swedish Association for Sexuality Education), Sweden

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Mr. Robert Gehring (US Department of Sate), United States

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Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova (Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual HealthAssociation), Bulgaria

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NGO Contribution

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Mrs. Amy Coen (Popualtion Action International)

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Ms. Valentina Steshenko, Ukraine

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Thematic session 2

 

Mr. James Calleja (International Insitute on Ageing), Malta

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Ms. Marlyse Dormond (PLANES), Switzerland

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Mr. Dirk Jarré (ICSW), Germany

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Mrs. Ana Manso (Portuguese Parliament), Portugal

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Mr. Paul-Eerik Rummo (Ministry Population), Estonia

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Mr. Paolo Sestito (Ministry of Labour and Social Policies), Italy

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Prof. Joseph Troisi (University of Malta), Malta

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Ms. Anne Van Lancker (European Parliament)

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Ms. Anne Weyman (FPA), United Kingdom

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Ms. Wanda Nowicka, Poland

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Ms. Anneke Wensing (Choice YouAct), Netherlands

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Thematic session 3

 

Ms. Irirna Badurashvili (Georgian Centre for Population Research), Georgia

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Mr. Victor Bernhardtz, Sweden; Ms. Gemma Hobcraft, United Kingdom;
Ms. Elina Juntunen, Finland; Ms. Shannon Kowalski, Canada; Mr. Cristian Nita, Romania;
Ms. Anneke Wensing, Netherlands, Ms. Elisabete Gomes Ramos, Portugal

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Call for action

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Mrs. Dilys Cossey (Interact Worldwide), United Kingdom

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Ms. Gemma Hobcraft (Youth Coalition), United Kingdom

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Ms. Ivete Kelle (Family Planning Association), Latvia

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Dr. Nada Ler Sofronic (Women and Society Research, Policy and Advocacy Center), Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Mr. Patrick Marcham (US Department of Health and Human Services), United States

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Mr. Zinaida Sevkovskaya (Reaserch Institute for Mother&Child Care), Republic of Belarus

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Mr. Werner Fornos, Herald Tribune or Population Institute, USA

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Thematic session 4

 

Mr. Raimondo Cagiano de Azevedo (University La Sapienza), Italy

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Mrs. Maria José Carrilho (National Statistical Office), Portugal

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Ms. Rebecca Casanova (Family Care International), United States

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Mr. Gaye Erbatur (Turkish Parliament), Turkey

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Mr. Lars Østby (Statistics Norway), Norway

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Ms. Catherine McDonald (Action Canada for Population and Development), Canada

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Mr. Cristian Nita (You Act), Romania

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Mrs. Dagmar Ratajova (Ministry of Labour Social Affairs), Czech Republic

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Mrs. Astride Stuckelberger (Swiss Society of Gerontology), Switzerland

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Mr. Paolo Sestito (Ministry of Labour and Social Policies), Italy

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Ms. Vlada Stankuniene, Lithuania

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Dr. Imre Szekeres (Prime Minister’s Office), Hungary

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