Nairobi summit commits to transforming the world for women and girls

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By
Christabel Addo, GNA

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov.
15, GNA – The Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population and
Development (ICPD25), ended on Thursday in the Kenyan capital, with partners
making commitments to transform the world for women and girls.

It said it would
achieve this by ending all maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning and
gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls by 3030.

The over 9,500
delegates from 170 countries globally, took part in the radically inclusive
conference, uniting behind the Nairobi Statement which establishes a shared
agenda to complete the unfinished business of the ICPD Programme of Action,
which centred around the “three Zeros” which are key obstacles
impeding on the health and progress of women and girls globally.

The delegates now
leave Nairobi with a clear roadmap of actions to advance the ICPD agenda and
transform the world for women and girls.

There were 135
sessions, over 900 speakers, and had so far received more than 1,500
commitments including billions of dollars in pledges from public and private
sectors partners.

Dr Natalia Kamen,
the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said the
Nairobi Summit represented a renewed, re-energised vision and community working
together to act and deliver on their promises.

“Together, we
will make the next years a decade of action and results for women and girls,
keeping their rights and choices at the centre of everything we do,” she
said.

It also raises the
voices of marginalised communities, youth and grassroots advocates, who were
able to directly engage Heads of States and policy makers about how to realise
the rights and health of all people.

Dr Kamen said the
Summit which was co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Denmark, with the
UNFPA and the UN Agency for Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency, unveiled
critical new data about the cost of achieving these goals.

She thanked all who
worked tirelessly to make the Summit a reality, and especially the co-host
countries and institutions as well as the sponsors.

Dr William Samoei
Ruto, the Deputy President of Kenya, said the Summit was in a class of its own
and a great success.

He said societies
have now been challenged to accelerate the progress made and sustain their
willingness to advance the rights of women and children and other vulnerable
groups.

The Kenyan
government, he said, commits to all the five thematic areas arrived at by
consensus of the delegates, and the Sustainable Development Goals, which
include ensuring poverty reduction, inequalities and maternal health.

He said the Kenyan
government was committed to accelerating progress and investment in targeted
priority areas such as technical and vocational skills for the youth and
partner with the private sector to deliver appropriate programmes and
interventions.

Dr Karen Elleman, a
former Danish Minister and now an advocate of reproductive health, noted that
the issue of Sexual and Representative Health Rights went beyond politics, to
becoming human rights issue that had the tendency to jeopardise socio-economic
growth of countries.

She challenged all
countries to work hard and faster to keep the promises made at the ICPD Cairo
Summit in 1994.

She expressed her
contentment about the highly inclusive and participatory nature of all the
sessions, saying the youth must be placed at the forefront of discussions
“if we are to make a meaningful headway”.

She said the world
had all it took to make the ICPD25 agenda a reality by empowering the youth and
harnessing their enormous energies to achieve change.

Ambassador Ib
Peterson, Denmark’s Special Envoy for ICPD25, said women and girls around the
world have waited long enough to have rights and choices, and now look towards
2030 as a new decade of delivery of which “we will walk the talk” and
hold everyone accountable for the commitments made at the Nairobi Summit.

GNA

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