Second Meeting of the African Population Experts Committee (APEC) and the Meeting of the Ministers in charge Population as a Working Group of the Second Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC-HPDC-2)

The continental meeting is being held in Accra, Ghana, from 2-5 October, 2018. The experts (APEC) convenes  from 2-3 October, whilst the Ministers in charge of Population will convene from 4-5 October, 2018

 OBJECTIVES OF THE MEETING:

Experts session

  1. Facilitate an in-depth review of the implementation of AADPD, based on its approved Operational Guide and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework;
  2. Identify gaps, lessons learned and emerging issues identified during the course of implementation of AADPD;

Ministerial Session

  1. Discuss and agree on a Common African Position on population issues to guide future negotiations on the global fora;
  2. Agree on key messages and conclusions that would feed into the UN Secretary General’s Report as well as key recommendations for the AU Heads of State Summit in January 2019.

PARTICIPANTS

The meeting is being attended by all members of the African Population Experts Committee (APEC) and AU Ministers in charge of population, representatives from Regional Economic Communities in charge of population matters, relevant bodies of the African Union and key partners from UN Agencies and NGOs are also expected to participate.

Given the various stakeholders involved in the implementation of AADPD and in keeping with the practice of the ICPD beyond 2014 review, Member States are encouraged to include civil society representatives, including young people, on their delegations to the review.

Members of civil society and youth organizations are welcome to participate as observers in the experts’ session.

AUC shall serve as the Secretariat of the meeting with the support of UNFPA and ECA.

Dr. Sarlie Kenneth, Director Maternal & Child Health, Ministry of Health & Sanitation, Sierra Leone addressing the APEC delegates. He chaired the APEC session.

 

Delegates reviewing the draft Adis Ababa Declaration on Population & Development 2028 African Report.

Hon. Dr. Roberts Chakanda, Deputy Minister, Planning & Economic Development, Republic of Siera Leone, Chairman of the STC-HPDC

 

Deputy Minister, Finance, Ghana making her remarks during the opening session. She challenged African Ministers in charge of Population to identify area of collaboration & allocated resources to address population challenges.

H.E Mrs. Amira Elfadil, Commissioer for Social Affairs, AUC addressing the First African Ministers in Charge during the opening session.

   

Chief Guest Hon. Osei, Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, Ghana making opening statement & official opening the First African Ministers in charge meeting in Accra Ghana on behalf of the Vice-president H.E Hon. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

Hon Osei urged African Ministers in charge of Population to identify areas of collaboration on Population issues & to allocate resources to address Population issues and challenges especially the rapid Population growth rates being experienced in SubSaharan Africa.

Closing session of the First African Ministers in Charge of Population graced by Hon. Minister for Planning, Ghana

 

Hon. Minister for Planning, Ghana presiding over the closing ceremony.

 During the closing ceremony    

Group photo of the Kenyan Delegation