The third China-Africa Conference on population and development will take place in Accra, from June 23 to June 26, 2019, on the theme, "Population Data Management and Universal Access to Reproductive Health as Key Drivers of Sustainable Development."
The conference is jointly organized and hosted by the National Population Council (NPC) of Ghana and the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), with support from the China Population and Development Research Center (CPDRC) and the China Population Association (CPA).
It will highlight the importance of south-south Cooperation (SSC) in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through population data management and universal access to reproductive health.
The technical sessions and activities during the conference will be in the form of presentation of papers and plenary sessions, sharing of best practices and exhibitions amongst others.
The first edition of the China-Africa conference took place in April 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya with a focus on demographic transition and the demographic dividend with emphasis on human capital, education, and skill development as well as health transition.
The second edition was held in Guangzhou City of China in July 2018 themed: South-South Cooperation and Achievement of Demographic Dividend in Africa. The objective was to reinforce consensus and strengthen South-South Cooperation (SSC) between China and Africa on population and development issues.
A review of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development(AADPD+5) and International Conference on Population and Development(ICPD) beyond 2014 undertaken in 2018 revealed the importance of data management in tracking progress in global development goals, especially their implications for countries of the global south, hence, the need for this summit.
Population data management is an important factor as it helps track progress in the attainment of the SDGs. For instance, the indicators and targets of the SDGs cannot be monitored if population data is not managed properly. Whilst data management has seen some improvements in some parts of Africa, a lot still remains to be done.
Ghana's population and data management related issues are mandated to be taken care of by the National Population Council (NPC). It is the highest statutory body set up to advice the government of Ghana on population and related issues. It was established in 1992 and given legal backing by the National Population Council Act of parliament (ACT, 485).
The NPC focuses mainly in the areas of advocacy; coordination of population activities; research, monitoring and evaluation and; capacity building.
The essence of the China-Africa Conference is to provide the opportunity for African countries to learn from China and vice versa, on how population and data management and universal access to reproductive health can drive the attainment of the SDGs.
Source: ISD (Patience Ampomah & Mabel Awuku)