UN to hold special session on population next year

UN to hold special session on population next year
# 22 February 2013 05:02 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Thursday decided to hold a special session next year on the follow-up to a plan adopted at an international conference nearly two decades ago to slow the world population explosion, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"A special session on the follow-up to the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development will be held on 22 September 2014 in New York in the most efficient and cost-effective manner," said a press release issued here by the UNGA.

Adopting a resolution on the issue without a vote, the 193- member Assembly urged all UN member and observer states and observers to consider being represented at the special session at the highest political level, including head of state or government.

According to the press release, the plenary meetings of the special session next year will feature statements by the UN secretary-general, UNGA president, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, UN member states, observer states and observers, as well as five selected representatives of non- governmental organizations in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, chosen with due regard for geographic balance.

Further, the UNGA president is directed to draw up a list of non-governmental organizations in consultative status who may participate, as well as a list of other relevant non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, youth groups and others for submission to UN member states for their consideration on a non-objection basis.

In the resolution, the UNGA reaffirmed that the special session will be undertaken on the basis of full respect for the Program of Action and that there will be no renegotiation of the existing agreements contained therein.

The scheduled date of the special session will be the 20th anniversary of the UN population conference in Cairo when representatives of UN member states, civil society, academics and the private sector adopted "the most forward-looking document in the world at that time."

The document, known as the Program of Action, focused on birth control, economic development and women's empowerment, and set the stage for other international conferences, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Last month, a UN top population official said that the world will add a billion people to its current population of some 7 billion within a decade, further straining the planet's resources.

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