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UNECE Regional Conference on ICPD+25

1 - 2 October 2018

Geneva, Switzerland, Palais des Nations, Salle XVIII

Enabling Choices: Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development


Conference Programme

List of Participants


Report on ICPD Programme of Action Implementation in the UNECE Region

Monitoring Framework


Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action in 2019, the Regional Conference assessed progress and identify gaps in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in the UNECE region.

It focused on key actions for implementation and addressed the wider policy concerns related to:

  • Population dynamics and sustainable development;
  • Families, sexual and reproductive health over the life course; and
  • Inequalities, social inclusion and rights

Organized jointly by UNECE and UNFPA, the Conference further aimed to strengthen the linkages between ICPD and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and reaffirmed commitment to implementing the ICPD Programme of Action in the region.

A report covering trends and developments since the last review in 2014 informed discussions at the Conference. The report and the Conference outcome, in form of a Rapporteurs’ summary, fed into the global review to take place at the 52nd  Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in 2019.

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Opening statementMs. Lidia Bratanova, Director, Statistical Division, UNECEPDF
Opening StatementMr. Dereje Wordofa, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPAPDF
ICPD+25 years later: Recommitting to the vision of Cairo
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Ms. Sarah Kennell, Director of Government Relations, Action Canada for Sexual Health and RightsMeeting commitments, realizing rights


Mr. Eduard Kluisha, Belarusian Association of assistance to children and young people with disabilitiesPDF
Mr. Wolfgang Lutz, Founder and Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human CapitalPopulation and Sustainable Development Synergies between ICPD and Agenda 2030PPT
Ms. Alanna Armitage, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPA, and
Ms. Vitalija Gaucaite-Wittich, Chief, UNECE Population Unit

Report on the ICPD Programme of Action implementation in the UNECE Region

Mr. Dario Korolija and Ms. Darya ShershunRegional progress and challenges towards implementation of the ICPD Programme of ActionPDF
Ms. Medea KhmelidzeReal People, Real Vision and the Astra NetworkPDF
Member States' statements
H.E. Ms. Denitsa Sacheva, Deputy Minister of Education and ScienceBulgariaPDF
Ms. Elena Polyakova, First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign AffairsBelarusPDF
H.E. Mr. François Rivasseau, Ambassadeur, Représentant Permanent de la France auprès des Nations Unies et autres organisations internationales à GenèveFrancePDF
H.E. Ms. Monique T.G. Van Daalen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kindgom of the Netherlands to the United Nations and other international organizations in GenevaThe NetherlandsPDF
H.E. Ms. Mane Tandilyan, Minister of Labour and Social AffairsArmeniaPDF
Ms. Simona Atanasova, Cabinet Advisor, Minister of HealthThe former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaPDF
Ms. Diloram Tashmukhamedova, Director of OILA Center under the Cabinet of MinisterUzbekistanPDF
Ms. Martina Hemmersbach, Policy Officer, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and CommunityGermanyPDF
Ms. Aliona Cretu, Head of Demographic Policies Division, Ministry of Health, Labour and Social ProtectionRepublic of MoldovaPDF
Ms. Bjørg Skotnes, Minister Counsellor, Global Health Issues, Permanent Mission of Norway in GenevaNorwayPDF
H.E. Ms. Veronika Bard, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and other international organizations in GenevaSwedenPDF
Ms. Riccarda Caprez, Senior Policy Advisor, Environment and sustainable development, Federal Department of Foreign AffairsSwitzerlandPDF
First thematic session
Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development
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Mr. Francesco Billari, Professor of Demography and Dean of the Faculty at Bocconi University, Milan, ItalyFast Population ChangePPT
H.E. Ms. Slavica Djukic-Deanovic, Minister without Portfolio in charge of Demography and Population Policies, SerbiaPDF
Ms. Elke Loichinger, Head of Research Group Demographic Change, Federal Institute for Population Research, GermanyGermany's Demographic StrategyPPT
Mr. Ulukbek Batyrgalilev, Chair of the National Youth Committee, National Board Reproductive Health Alliance, Kyrgyz Republic



Ms. Anne Gauthier, Senior Researcher, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic InstituteGender-Sensitive Family PoliciesPPT
Member States' statements
H.E. Mr. Milos Prica, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations and other international organizations in GenevaBosnia and HerzegovinaPDF
Ms. Tatiana Gregor Brzobohata, Chairman of the Statutory board, Beauty of Help FoundationCzech RepublicPDF
Mr. Toomas Palu, Health Sector Manager for the World Bank's South East Asia and Pacific RegionWorld BankPDF
Ms. Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central AsiaUN WomenPDF
Ms. Olga Gagauz, Head of the Center for Demographic ResearchRepublic of MoldovaPDF
Ms. Vânia de la Fuente-Nunez, Technical Officer, Department of Ageing and Life CourseWHOPDF
Ms. Leah Hoctor, Regional Director for EuropeCenter for Reproductive RightsPDF
Ms. Asel Kubanychbekova, FounderSchool of safe motherhoodPDF
Second thematic session
Families, Sexual and Reproductive Health over the Life Course
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Mr. Olivier Degomme, International Centre for Reproductive Health Scientific Director, Ghent University, BelgiumRealizing the ICPD PoA - Then, now and in years to comePPT
Mr. Madamin Karataev, Deputy Minister of Health, Kyrgyz Republic



Mme Marie-Pierre Rixain, Présidente du Comité Parlementaire pour les droits des femmes et l'égalité des genres, FrancePDF
Mr. Will Niblett, Head of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights team, Department for International Development, United KingdomPDF
Ms. Lena Luyckfasseel, Director, Programme and Performance, IPPF European NetworkFrom choice, a world of possibilitiesPPT
Member States' statements
Ms. Santa Livina, Director of Public Health Department, Ministry of HealthLatviaPDF
The Hon. Malahat Ibrahimgizi, Member of the ParliamentAzerbaijanPDF
Ms. Maia Lagvilava, Deputy Minister, Ministry of internally displaced persons from the occupied territories, Labour, Health and Social AffairsGeorgiaPDF
Mrs. Karine Saribekyan, Head of the Child and Maternal Health, Ministry of HealthArmeniaPDF
H.E. Ms. Monique T.G. Van Daalen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kindgom of the Netherlands to the United Nations and other international organizations in GenevaThe NetherlandsPDF
Mr. Olzhas Toguzbayev, Deputy Director of the Department on Multilateral Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign AffairsKazakhstanPDF
Ms. Anina Chileva, Senior Expert, International Centre for Youth Development PETRI Executive, Ministry of HealthBulgariaPDF
Ms. Henriette Van Gulik, Senior AdviserUNAIDSPDF
Mr. Thomas Lee, Policy AdviserMarie Stopes InternationalPDF
Ms. Iatamze Verulashvili, Executive DirectorUnion Women CenterPDF
Mr. Ian Askew, Director, Reproductive Health and ResearchWHOPDF
Ms. Simona Atanasova, Cabinet Advisor, Minister of HealthThe former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaPDF
Third thematic session
Inequalities, social inclusion and Rights
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Ms. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Vice-President of CEDAWNew challenges to gender equality and empowerment from the Cedaw's perspectivePPT
Ms. Oleksandra Churkina, Deputy Minister for European Integration, Ministry of Social Policy, UkraineState Social Policy of Ukraine: equal rights and social inclusionPPT
Ms. Sopio Kiladze, Chair of Human rights and civil integration committee, Parliament of Georgia


Mr. Vinay P. Saldanha, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNAIDSPDF
Ms. Claudia Lam, Deputy to the Director ad interim, Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human RightsHuman rights protection and equality as key elements of inclusive societies in Europe



Ms. Nesime Salioska, Executive Director, association ROMA SOS, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia



Member States' statements
Ms. Sopo Japaridze, Advisor on Human rights and Gender Equality Issues to the Prime MinisterGeorgiaPDF
H.E. Ms. Galya Zaharieva, Member of the ParliamentBulgariaPDF
Mr. Ion Donea, Head of Youth Department, Ministry of Education, Culture and ResearchRepublic of MoldovaPDF
Mr. David Cassar, Deputy Permanent Representative of Malta to the United Nations in GenevaMaltaPDF
Ms. Olimi Marhabo, Deputy Head of the Committee on Women and Family AffairsTajikistanPDF
Ms. An Huybrechts, Lead Global and Sustainable Development European NetworkIPPFPDF
Ms. Silvia Perel Levin, Main Representative GenevaInternational Longevity Centre-Global Alliance - INPEAPDF
Closing plenary session
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H.E. Ms. Deyana Kostadinova, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations and other international organizations in GenevaHighlights from the Conference discussionsPDF
Ms. Vitalija Gaucaite Wittich, Chief, Population Unit, UNECE Statistical DivisionDraft report of the ConferencePPT
Mr. Ramiz Alakbarov, Director of Programme and Strategy Division, UNFPAICPD+25 Global review - regional inputsPPT
Ms. Olga Algayerova, Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary, UNECEClosing remarksPDF
Ms. Alanna Armitage, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPAClosing remarksPDF
Official Documents ENG FRE RUS
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Annotated provisional Agenda
Extracts from the UNECE Regional report on ICPD+25


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Concept Note

Chair's summary of the 20-year review conference on ICPD beyond 2014