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Population and Development Information & Knowledge Service of the National Population Unit
Government Outcome: An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service, and an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship
DSD Outcome: Increased capacity to mainstream population issues into development plans and activities
Population and Development Information & Knowledge Service of the National Population Unit supports the NPU in the following objectives:
+ Increase capacity to integrate population factors into development plans and programmes
+ Increase understanding of South Africa's population trends and dynamics, through research, monitoring and evaluation
+ Increase awareness and understanding of Population Policy, and implications for policy-making and planning
+ Promote dialogue, collaboration and cooperation on population and development integration
STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2013 REPORT
30 October 2013 Khayelitsha, Western Cape.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) prepares a global report on the State of the World’s Population annually to sensitise policy makers, planners, community leaders and the population at large on priority issues affecting the structure and dynamics of the global population. To achieve this objective, UNFPA collaborates with different member States of the United Nations to organise a simultaneous launch of the report in different countries. It is in this context that this year’s report will be launched globally on 30 October 2013. In South Africa, the launch will take place at Khayelitsha, Western Cape.
This year’s theme is “Facing the challenges of Adolescent Pregnancy.” There are over 5 million girls in South Africa between the ages of 14 and 24. They are the future of this country and with the right skills and opportunities, they can invest in themselves and later in life their families and communities.
Millions of adolescent girls face extreme discrimination and exclusion that prevent them from claiming their rights and living out their true potential. They are taken out of school early, vulnerable to sexual violence and coercion, and subjected to harmful practices. They often are married as children, and face pregnancy and childbearing before they are physically, emotionally and socially mature enough to be mothers. The consequences of teenage pregnancy reverberate throughout the girl’s life and carry over to her children and generations that follow.
The report calls for a greater emphasis on building girls’ capacity and freedom to make decisions about their own lives from reproductive health to careers and family opportunities. This new approach targets the circumstances, conditions, norms, values and structural forces that perpetuate adolescent pregnancies and isolate and marginalize pregnant girls.
The Department of Social Development would like to call on all stakeholders involved to take measures that enable adolescent girls to make responsible life choices and to provide the necessary support for them in cases when their rights are threatened. The key is more collaboration with adolescents themselves.
The Minister of Social Development will deliver a key-note address. Other key speakers are the UNFPA Officer-in-Charge, Ms Navchaa Suren, and invited youth to talk about their experiences.
Young people, various government departments, civil society and the media will be invited to participate in the launch.
The Population association of Southern Africa (PASA) is hosting its eighth annual population conference at the North West University from 10-12 July 2013. The PASA Conference is a general scientific conference aimed at advancing population scholarship in the region through sharing of population related research and programs, interaction of scholars and practitioners, as well as exposure to new methods and issues in demography.
Demographers, population scholars, academics, students and practitioners globally, and particularly in the sub- region are invited to submit abstracts. The conference is organized around Regular Sessions and Poster presentations covering the population sub-themes listed below. However, contributions covering the broader field of Population, Health and Development are also encouraged.
The conference is organised around the following sub themes but are not restricted to these:
• Population Data and Methods
• Population Policy and Programmes
• Age Structural Transitions
• Population and Gender
• Population, Education and Development
• Population, Development and Environment
• Regional Migration, African Diaspora Remittance Flows and Urbanization
• Population Ageing and Intergenerational Relationships
• Population and Poverty
• Sustainable Livelihoods
• Families and Households
• Children and Youth
• People Living with Disability
• Fertility and Nuptiality
• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
• Health, Morbidity and Mortality
• HIV Interventions: Clinical and Social
For more information/to register for the conference please check: www.popsouthernafrica.co.za
WORLD POPULATION DAY IN MAHIKENG, NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY
11 JULY 2013
World Population Day is a United Nations event, and is commemorated annually on 11 July, the day on which the world’s population reached 5 billion in 1987. This year the theme from the United Nations Population Fund - UNFPA) is “Adolescent Pregnancy”. Annually, the National Population Unit (Department of Social Development) collaborates with the UNFPA to hold an event at which the theme of the day is discussed and promoted, within the framework of the Population Policy and the strategy of the unit. Each province also organises an event to contribute to awareness raising and the promotion of the theme. Last year’s event was held in Thohoyandou, and served as the platform from which the National Population Unit (NPU) developed a proposed strategy on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR). Subsequently extensive collaboration ensued with the Departments of Health, Basic Education and Women, Children and People with Disabilities, National Youth Development Agency and the NGO sector, to collaborate in promoting ASRHR.
This year’s World Population Day event builds on last year’s focus as an integral part of the ASRHR promotion campaign. According to research and reports by the NPU and other experts, the biggest challenge in achieving universal access to reproductive health services in the country is still with respect to adolescents. Additionally, several rural areas remain under-serviced. Research by/at universities has also shown that university students remain a vulnerable group for HIV infection and unplanned pregnancies, even though services are available on campus.
The event will be held at the University of the North West on Thursday, 11 July 2012. The event will provide an opportunity to communicate and advocate on access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and services to adolescents, rural areas and university students.
The Deputy Minister of Social Development will grace the occasion as well as the Officer-in-Charge of UNFPA who will give a message of support. Non-Governmental Organisations have been invited to participate in the event. Moreover, holding the event in the context of the PASA conference will serve to further strengthen government – academia collaboration and to promote research on ASRHR across southern Africa.
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