COPENHAGEN, 17 - 19 May – Some 80 parliamentarians form 53 countries and all regions of the world participated in the Parliamentarians’ Forum at the 4th Women Deliver Conference. A number of high profile speakers addressed the MPs, including HRH Princess Sarah Zeid, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and Mr. Tewodros Melesse.
The Forum included targeted thematic sessions followed by open discussions, a private interaction session with key selected leaders delivering for women & girls, and presentation of ground-breaking legislative and funding initiatives from parliamentary champions.
The gathered parliamentarians engaged in a productive and structured dialogue on the successes, challenges and obstacles in advancing women’s and girl’s health and rights and delivering solutions for their advancement on a global scale. It enabled participants to focus in-depth on the most critical issues surrounding the rights, health, empowerment and well being of women and girls; develop strategies and sharpen programs that improve these aspects.
Members of parliaments will play a central role in advancing the SDGs, improving the lives of women and girls in their home countries and abroad. The Parliamentarians’ Forum was an excellent opportunity for young and motivated parliamentarians to meet with well-known champion MPs in advancing SRHR at regional, national and global level.
The gathered parliamentarians were addressed by the following speakers:
•HRH PRINCESS SARAH ZEID / CO-CHAIR EWEC EVERY WHERE
•DR. BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN / UNFPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
•DR. CHRIS ELIAS / PRESIDENT OF THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
•HON. ULRIKA KARLSSON, MP / SWEDEN / EPF PRESIDENT
•MR. DAVID NABARRO / UN SPECIAL ADVISER ON AGENDA 2030
•MS. KATJA IEVERSEN / WOMEN DELIVER CEO
•MR. TEWODROS MELESSE / DIRECTOR GENERAL, IPPF
•MS. JULIA BUNTING / POPULATION COUNCIL PRESIDENT
•MS. BETH SCHLACHTER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of FP 2020
•MS. PRIYA AGARWAL / MERCK FOR MOTHERS
The Parliamentarians’ Forum was organised by:
The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) / The African Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (FPA) / The European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) / The Forum of Arab Parliamentarians on Population and Development / The Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (IAPG)