Romania’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion Jinga, was elected Chair of the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development on April 7, 2017, at the end of the Commission’s 50th session held in New York between April 3 – 7, a release informed on Saturday.
In his intervention, Ambassador Jinga underscored that over the last 50 years of uninterrupted activity, the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) has contributed to the implementation of various policies and courageous programs addressing people, men and women, girls and boys, but particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable categories.
He emphasized the visionary character of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo and commended the work of the CPD to support the advancement of the ICPD agenda across most of its priority areas – poverty reduction, girls’ education, maternal and infant mortality, access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, the protection of reproductive rights and many other areas of the Program of Action.
The Romanian Ambassador stressed the priority that needs to be attached to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, together with the ICPD Program of Action aimed at eradicating poverty in all its forms, at promoting, respecting and achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, human rights, promoting equal opportunities for all, combating all forms of discrimination, achieving social integration for marginalized groups on an equal basis and strengthening legislation, policies and action based on human rights for all in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and make sure no one is left behind.
Ion Jinga praised the work of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and stressed the need to pay attention to sectors with minimal achievements of the ICPD Plan of Action. The high official stressed that growing resources at all levels must be treated as a priority, especially in education and health, in order to ensure inclusive and quality education at all levels, and for people to have access to opportunities and continuing education.
The Romanian Ambassador showed that women are the great victims of poverty, conflict, human rights violations in different parts of the world, especially in conflict areas, and stressed the importance of protecting women found in such circumstances.
Referring to the special theme of the CPD session next year ‘Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration’, the Romanian Ambassador reminded the importance of implementing the New Urban Agenda adopted on October 21, 2016 in Quito, aimed at urbanization and management of the cities in which 70 pct of the global population is expected to live by 2050.
The Commission on Population and Development is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Bureau members are elected for a one-year term.
Romania will be serving the second consecutive term as member of the Commission on Population and Development in the period 2018 – 2021.