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Economic and Social Council

Meetings and Events of ECOSOC and its Subsidiary Bodies

United Nations Commission on Population and Development - 44th Session

New York
11 - 15 April, 2011


Originally established in 1946 as the Population Commission, the Commission on Population and Development in its present form results from a revitalization exercise carried out in the aftermath of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. That revitalization, spelled out in General Assembly resolution 49/128, expanded the membership of the Commission from 27 to 47 Member States, and increased the frequency of its Sessions from biennial to annual. Members are elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on the basis of equitable regional distribution, for four-year terms. Resolution 49/128 further affirmed that the General Assembly, ECOSOC and the Commission on Population and Development constitute a three-tiered intergovernmental mechanism that plays the primary role in the follow-up to the implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD.

Within that framework, the Commission on Population and Development, as a functional commission of ECOSOC, monitors, reviews and assesses the implementation of the Programme of Action at the national, regional and international levels and advises the Council thereon. The methods of work of the Commission were last reviewed by the Commission itself in 2005 and 2006. In accordance with CPD Decision 2006/1, the Commission adopts a multi-year programme of work limited to a two-year planning horizon, with a special theme for each year based on the Programme of Action of the ICPD. In order to maintain and enhance the quality and impact of the Commission¿s debates, Member States are invited to consider including among their representatives at the sessions of the Commission, those with technical expertise in the particular areas of population and development under consideration.

This year¿s session will have ¿Fertility, reproductive health and development¿ as its theme. The debates will be informed by three reports of the Secretary-General. The first report highlights evidence on fertility levels and trends and a range of reproductive health outcomes, noting that fertility reductions can contribute to development and that high-fertility countries tend to score poorly in most outcomes related to reproductive health. The second report on population programmes highlights approaches that work and actions still needed to speed up progress and achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health. The third report on the flow of financial resources for assisting in the implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD shows that current funding levels continue to remain below the targets necessary to fully implement the Programme of Action, and this is true for family planning, reproductive health, STD/HIV/AIDS and basic research, data and population and development policy analysis. .

Items on the agenda for the Session include actions in follow-up to the recommendations of the International Conference; general debate on national experience in population matters; general debate on the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development in light of its twentieth
anniversary; general debate on the contribution of population and development issues to the theme of the annual ministerial review in 2011 ¿Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education"; programme implementation and future programme of work of the Secretariat in the field of population; and adoption of the report of the Commission on its forty-fourth session.

Please note: Registration will close on Friday 1 April 2011.

Kindly also note that due to the space constraints of the temporary conference facilities, a maximum of 5 representatives of each organization is permitted.

Detailed Information
Date 11 - 15 April, 2011
Location New York
External Link http://www.un.org/esa/population/cpd/cpd2011/cpd44.htm