'PPD has been working closely with UNFPA in the implementation of the ICPD Plan of Action since 1994'
Inter-governmental organization Partners in Population and Development (PPD) has formally inaugurated its secretariat in Dhaka on Monday.
UNFPA Bangladesh Officer-in-Charge Iori Kato, PPD Board Chairman and China Family Planning Association Standing Vice President Wang Pei’an, PPD Board member and Bangladesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim, and other members of the PPD Board and Executive Committee, representatives of development partners and UN sister agencies were among those in attendance.
In his inauguration speech, Bangladesh Officer-in-Charge Iori Kato said: “It is such a great pleasure that I am with all of you here today on behalf of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA in Bangladesh, to celebrate the inauguration of the secretariat complex of PPD and the opening of the 31st Executive Committee Meeting.”
“As we share the joy of inaugurating the PPD’s new home, we also embrace the shared vision and commitment. PPD has been working closely with UNFPA in the implementation of the ICPD Plan of Action since 1994, when PPD was first established for this purpose. UNFPA played a big part in the efforts in creating the PPD,” he added.
Kato further said that the inauguration of the PPD secretariat coincides with the UNFPA’s new 4-year strategic plan, set to run from 2018-2021.
The plan places a renewed emphasis on UNFPA’s goals to end maternal deaths, address the unmet need for family planning, and end violence against women and girls including child marriage, he added.
Stressing the need for cooperation between PPD member states, Kato said: “The 2030 Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), require resources far greater than any one UN agency, any one government or any one development partner can provide on its own. It is for this reason why the Southern countries need to contribute to their own development, and to the development of their fellow Southern countries by sharing solutions.”
Meanwhile, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said his ministry was happy to host the PPD’s 31st Executive Committee meeting, and thanked the Government of China for providing around $2 million for the PPD secretariat building complex. He also thanked Government of India and South Africa for their support in the construction of the PPD building.
PPD Board Chairman Wang Pei’an urged the PPD member stated to honour their commitments, and said the main objective will be to make PPD a south-south cooperation leader which will be well recognized by the international community.
The PPD is constituted by 26 countries in the Global South, all of which are among the most populous in the world.