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ECLAC Member States Meet in Ecuador for Ad Hoc Committee on Population and Development

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6 July 2012|Press Release

At the meeting, priority issues for Latin America and the Caribbean related to population, territory and sustainable development will be discussed.

(2 July 2012) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will hold the meeting of the ECLAC Ad Hoc Committee on Pupulation and Development 2012 from 4-6 July in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. At the event, regional priority issues related to population and development will be discussed.

During the meeting, organized with the support of the Government of the Republic of Ecuador and the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, representatives of all member and associate States of this UN regional commission will address relevant topics regarding population, territory and sustainable development.

The meeting will focus on the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo in 1994) and the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Plan of Action on Population and Development - drafted after the Regional Conference in Mexico in 1993 - in which the countries of the region agreed to facilitate integration and national experience sharing for formulating population policies and programmes.

Other topics to be addressed at the meeting are the 2010 round of censuses, the main demographic trends in the region and their consequences; ageing and the rights of older persons; indigenous peoples and Afro-descendant populations in Latin America; and international and internal migration.

The meeting of the ECLAC Ad hoc Committee on Population and Development 2012 will be inaugurated on Wednesday 4 July at 9:00 am chaired by the President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, the Executive Secretary of ECLAC Alicia Bárcena, the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNFPA Marcela Suazo, and the National Secretary of Planning and Development of Ecuador (SENPLADES), Fander Falconi. Ministers of population-related institutions in various countries, as well as international experts and Civil Society representatives will participate in the event.

At the meeting of the ECLAC Ad hoc Committee, the Commission will present a document entitled Population, Territory and Sustainable Development, drafted in colaboration with UNFPA, which will inform the debate among the delegates. On the one hand, the report assesses the links between population location and mobility; on the other, it analyzes sustainable development in the different types of territories found in the region. It also offers an updated overview of the population dynamics in urban and rural areas, as well as in border areas, low population density areas and regions within countries.

The media are invited to take part in the ECLAC Ad Hoc Committee on Pupulation and Development 2012 to take place at the Hotel Hilton Colón in Quito.

For further questions, please contact ECLAC's Public Information and Web Services Section.

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