Written by Tangata Vainerere
Monday, 23 June 2008
The Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on Population and Development (PPAPD) is a Pacific regional body of Parliamentarians with membership from 17 Pacific Island Nations established in 1997, with assistance from UNFPA and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Its aim is to forge political will to address population and development issues in the region, thus contributing to the welfare of Pacific people. The PPAPD has a constitution and by-laws and is governed by its Executive Committee.
PPAPD also aims to promote population and development issues in the context of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and integrate these issues in national development plans and policies.
The PPAPD operates through a General Assembly, an Executive Committee and a Secretariat, whose functions are detailed in its Constitution.
The members of PPAPD comprise Pacific forum countries, and include Australia and New Zealand. PPAPD sets out to promote the interests of Pacific Island Countries by addressing the action plans emanating from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Millennium Development Goals which include:
- Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieving universal primary education
- Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women
- Reducing child mortality
- Improving maternal health
- Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Ensuring environmental stability
- Developing a global partnership for development
Ultimately, PPAPD supports parliamentary activities aimed at facilitating population and development policies to improve the quality of life, security and well-being of Pacific people.
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