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    ICYO - YOUTH INFORMATIONMAY 2006 (1ST ISSUE) This issue focuses on Population and Family Planning. (e newsletter from network of indian youth organizations)
    Message 1 of 1 , May 9, 2006
                            This issue focuses on Population and Family Planning.
      (e newsletter from network of indian youth organizations)
      Opinion Leaders Can Help to Educate the Masses about the Adverse Impact of POPULATION Growth
      –  Speaker Lok Sabha

      At the time of Independence India had a substantial percentage of our population living below the poverty line. With the rapid increase of our population, successive Governments attempted to implement various programmes with mixed results. Now, the priorities have shifted from family planning to family welfare and from family welfare and population control to population stabilization. According to the Planning Commission projection, the total population of India will exceed 1.3 billion by 2020, said Mr. Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker, Indian Parliament while addressing in the inaugural function of 22nd Asian Parliamentary Meeting on Population and Development held in New Delhi on April 23-24, 2006. The theme of the Meeting was ‘Population in the Globalizing Society -focusing on Asia and the Pacific.

      Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD) and Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) jointly organized the conference in collaboration with the United Nations population fund (UNFPA) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

      He further added that the numerical magnitude of population has caused various political, social and economic changes, which have to be addressed. The lack of safe drinking water, electricity, food, problems related to pollution, sanitation, hygiene and waste management, certainly pose a grave challenge to many of the countries of the region.

      “I believe that the people's representatives, as opinion leaders and opinion moulders, can help in sensitizing the government on the issue and at the same time educate the masses about the adverse impact of unbridled population growth. In our country, we have in place the National Population Policy, which is one such step in the direction of achieving the national socio-economic goals set for 2010” he informed the participants of the Meeting.
      Speaking on the need to factor our population policies into economic and developmental strategies, Mr. Chatterjee described education as a key factor in this context. 'Our goal should be universal education with special emphasis on girls' education.  Women's education will lead to economic independence and will work as a tool for empowering them to decide on issues like spacing childbirth and in making gender sensitive choices. Education has, in fact, been rightly identified as the best contraceptive' – he added.
      In her address, Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit said that development must have a human face. She emphasized the role of youth and women in the process of development and suggested that they be empowered.
      Mrs. Panabaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said that rapid growth in population combined with rising living standards are placing unsustainable pressure on natural resources. This has led to an increase in pollution, degradation of waterways, farmlands, forests, coastal areas, climate change and loss of bio-diversity. 
      Dr Wasim Zaman, Director, Regional Country Support Team (CST) for South and West Asia, said, "Globalization is certainly on. The dichotomy is that even though we are connected as never before through trade, finance, travel and communication and yet the world is greatly divided. Today, one person in six, lives in extreme poverty or earns less than one dollar a day while 20 per cent of people — mostly from wealthy countries— consume close to 86 per cent of the resources of the world." 
      “In past 25 year, the population of the Asian region has risen form 2.63 billion to 2.9 billion. The figure of 3.9 billion is equalivalent to the entire population of the world in 1974. It is self-evident that the earth cannot support an endlessly increasing population,” said Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, Chairman of Asian Form of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD). If population continues to increase indefinitely, a point will be reached where life worthy of human beings will become impossible and humankind will no longer be able to enjoy the fruits of social and economic development, he added.
      “Poverty has to be acknowledged as a serious thereat to humanity. Not knowing where the next meal will come from, the fact that one’s children and their children will be condemned to a life of abject poverty, starvation, illiteracy and ill health, is inhumane, unjust and unacceptable” said Mr K Rahman Khan, M.P. (Upper House, India) in his valedictory speech on April 24, 2006.
      Mr. Manmohan Sharma, Executive Secretary of IAPPD and coordinator of the Meeting told ‘Youth Information’ that this is one of the many international meetings organized by IAPPD to fulfill their commitment to sensitizing the elected representatives on the implications of the growth of population and of its consequences.
      Parliamentarians, population experts from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Japan, Kazakstan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are attending the conference. (ICYO-Youth Information)
      New Female Condom launched by HLL
      Hindustan Latex Ltd (HLL), the state-owned condom-manufacturing firm, recently launched Confidom passion rings, the first female condom in India. This product is not manufactured by Hindustan Latex Ltd but they are importing it.
      "The female condom is being introduced in India for the first time after two years of research and test marketing. As a brand, Confidom is primarily targeted at the upwards mobile consumers," said HLL chairman and managing director M. Ayyappan.
      Though the condom is bought 90 Rupees per pack of two and HLL will sell it at Rs.250 per pack. The Confidoms will also be available to sex workers and others of high risk population of society at Rs. 5 each, through government agencies and non-government organizations. (from Push Journal)
      Up-coming events:
      World Health Assembly:
      WHO will organize the fifty-ninth World Health Assembly from 22 to 27 May 2006, at the United Nations, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
      Int. Parliamentarians Conference on ICPD progress:
      The AFPPD and UNFPA will organize the the third International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI/ICPD) from November 21-22, 2006 at United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The two previous conferences in the IPCI/ICPD series were held in Ottawa and Strasbourg in 2002 and 2004 respectively.
      The Bangkok conference will focus on taking stock of the progress made since Cairo and agreed on a common strategy towards meeting the 2015 deadline set for achieving the ICPD goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
      Asia Oceania Congress of Sexology Sexuality
      The 9th Asia Oceania Congress of Sexology Sexuality will be held from November 1 –4, 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand.
      Theme of the conference will be "Sexuality: No East No West".
      The purpose of the conference is to facilitate the sexual health promotion, as multidimensional and multi- sectoral approaches to sexuality issues, including STI/ HIV/ AIDS. For more detail contact: Email: tmsstd@bkk.a-net.th
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