Ministers endorse continental report on population and development issues in Africa


Ministers and senior government officials-in-charge of population in Africa met in Accra, Ghana, from 4 to 5 October 2018 and endorsed a continental report of the five-year review of the implementation of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development (AADPD).
The AADP, a key framework for addressing population and development issues in Africa, was adopted in October 2013 by Ministers and endorsed by the African Union’s (AU) Executive Council in 2014.  The Declaration provides African-specific guidance on implementation and periodic review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action.  Its rich set of commitments and indicators seeks to simultaneously support Africa’s efforts to harness a demographic dividend, advance human rights and meet sustainable development goals.
The review conference, jointly organised by the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was attended by delegates from 45 African member States.  They deliberated on progress; gaps and challenges; and good practices in implementation of the AADPD.