It is a great honor to welcome all of you to the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) held in Halong Bay, Vietnam from the 27th to the 30th of November 2017 on behalf of the convener, the Vietnam Public Health Association. I would like to thank you all for attending this big regional event. Your participation demonstrates your interest as well as your commitment and willingness to share and inspire toward good practices in achieving the International Conference on Population and Development – Programme of Action (ICPD-PoA) and reaching the SRHR related to the SDGs in the last two years. The theme for the 9th APCRSHR is ‘Leave NO ONE Behind! Justice in Sexual and Reproductive Health’. This has been clarified into 5 sub-themes as follows:
- Towards a just economic order for sexual and reproductive health
- Strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Overcoming social, cultural and religious barriers in sexual & reproductive health
- Making good quality sexual and reproductive health education available to all
- Advancing justice and equity in sexual and reproductive health and health care
These themes have been produced by the hard working and thoughtful thinking of a special group of experts in our 1st ISC meeting. To my understanding, they comprehensively cover what we have been implementing so far by our endless efforts through a series of 8 regional conferences and now the 9th one. We hope to see you and listen, share and of course learn with and from you about possibilities of applying your experiences/practices to our single country in the region and beyond. We are so proud to be the organizer of this important regional event and will, of course, do our best to welcome you all.
For understand the importance of providing the best platforms for stakeholders to engage with one another, review research findings, share evidenced-based practices in advocacy across various fields, strengthen partnerships and create new alliances. We will try our best to prepare such platforms for you with an emphasis on creating a favorable and productive environment for exchanges. Simultaneously, we graciously welcome you to enjoy so much of what Vietnam has to offer during your stay. Whether or not it is the first time for you in this country, you will see the nation’s beauty with your own eyes when you come to the conference. Our home is your home and we will do our best to make you sure you have a wonderful stay. Our conference will encourage you all to actively participate and collaborate with one another in order to address the most urgent SRHR issues.
I am looking forward to welcoming you to the 9th APCRSHR.
Le Vu Anh
Convener of the 9th APCRSHR/ President of Vietnam Public Health Association