OPENING THE 9th ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH AND RIGHTS
Leave NO ONE Behind! Justice in Sexual and Reproductive Health
The 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR9), hosted by the Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA), takes place between 27-30 November at the Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Center in Ha Long Bay.Around 1000 delegates attend what is one of the most important conferences of its kind, representing governments, academia and civil society.
The Asia-Pacific region has been undergoing rapid growth and change, significantly impacting economies and societies. While millions are being lifted out of poverty, the benefits and costs of development are not equitably shared among countries and population groups across the region. Regarding health in general, and sexual and reproductive health in particular, poor and marginalised communities often lack access to good quality treatment and services.
Building on the success of eight previous regional conferences, the APCRSHR9 will seek to advance the implementation of the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development as well as to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, underpinned by the Sustainable Development Goals, whose ultimate pledge is to leave no one behind.
The conference is attended by key officials and representatives of the host country: Nguyen Viet Tien – Deputy Minister of Health;Vu Thi Thu Thuythe Vice-Chairwoman of Quang Ninh Provincial People's Committee, Home Office; the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front; related ministries.
Prof. Le Vu Anh, VPHA President, The Convenor delevering the opening speech
Prof. Nguyen Viet Tien, The Vice Minister of Health
Also attending the conference will be Dr. Natalia Kanem, the recently-appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)and Bjorn Andersson, UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Director,together with scientists, researchers, policy-makers, representatives of sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations, community groups and youth organizations from over 40 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Over 30 national and international media agencies will report on the conference.
Under thebanner of Leave NO ONE Behind! Justice in Sexual and Reproductive Health, the conference will focus on five related issues:
• Overcoming social, cultural and religious barriers to sexual and reproductive health;
• Strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health and rights;
• Towards a just economic order for sexual and reproductive health;
• Making good quality sexual and reproductive health education available to all; and
• Advancing justice and equity in sexual and reproductive health and health care.
An associated Youth Conference held on the first day of the APCRSHR9 provides an opportunity for young people to voice their aspirations with policy makers and donors on issues related to the themes of the conference. A Youth Camp will encourage discussion, debate and cooperation between youth groups and representatives from across the region.
Dr. Rosalia Sciortino – present the conference’s objectives
During the main conference, 20 distinguished speakers – including scholars, researchers, editors of international journals, executive directors and leaders of key organizations, universities, UN and government agencies – will present papers and lead discussions on the most pressing issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights today.
An additional 166 oral presentations will be given in 35 parallel sessions, and more than 147 abstracts will be presented as posters. Key issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights will be discussed in 27 satellite sessions. Delegates will also have the opportunity to undertake field visits tolocal SRHR projects. A parallel exhibition will promote the work of 25 participating organisations.
The Conference Participants
The meetingwill provide an opportunity to share research findings, lessons learned and good practices. Among the issues discussed will be evidence-based advocacy; challenges and opportunities in service provision, good quality comprehensive sexuality and relationships education;and barriers and enablers to advancing sexual and reproductive health rights, including the burning issues of abortion and sexual rights.
“Through the conference, the Vietnam Public Health Association and the Organizing Committee will provide a platform for participants to share their experience and lessons learned.The APCRSHR9 will provide unrivalled opportunities for individuals and networksto strengthen regional cooperationto advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for all”, said Dr. Le Vu Anh, President of the Vietnam Public Health Association
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