On 16th and 17th May 2011 around 60 parliamentarians from around the world will convene in Paris to discuss the vital, and yet forgotten, role that girls and adolescent women play in population and development issues. The conference will be hosted by French MP Danielle Bousquet, and is being organized by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) in collaboration with French NGOs Equilibres & Populations (E&P) and the French Movement for Family Planning (MFPF)
At the event global representatives of parliaments and governments will sound the alarm to G8 and G20 leaders about two critical issues facing human development at present: fast population growth and the crucial-yet-forgotten role that young girls play in the development of society.
The aforementioned challenges are also opportunities, and it is therefore vital for decision makers to devise policies that focus on the rights of young people, and especially vulnerable girls. For once their rights are upheld they will bring long-term economic, social and health-related benefits to the communities in which they live.
To make the most of these opportunities it is also vital for politicians to act with the support of international institutions, the scientific community, as well as civil society and the non-governmental sector.
The summit will be hosted by the group “French Parliamentarians in Action,” and organised by Hon. Danielle Bousquet, MP and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF), in collaboration with Equilibres & Populations (E&P) and the French Movement for Family Planning (MFPF).
More information on this Summit will be made available over the course of next month:
Media coverage: EN
Press release: EN
Global Parliamentarians Appeal: EN
Minister Henri de Raincourt EN
video message of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN WOMEN