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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
MEDIA ADVISORY ON THE NATIONAL ADOLESCENT SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (ASRH&R) FRAMEWORK STRATEGY
19 FEBRUARY 2015
The National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRH&R) Framework Strategy has been developed through consultation with stakeholders from government departments, civil society and development partners over a three year period. The foundation of the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRH&R) Framework Strategy is aligned to the South African Constitution and the Bill of Rights, therefore adopting a human rights approach.
It draws considerably on guiding principles and outcomes of various international treaties, guidelines, conventions and resolutions that place focus on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and national legislation, within the framework of the Population Policy. The Framework Strategy was informed by 23 reports and strategy documents produced by government departments, the HSRC and MRC, since 2005, that deal with matters related to ASRH&R.
The National ASRH&R Framework Strategy focuses on five key priority areas that are underpinned by a set of accompanying objectives that focus on increased coordination, collaboration, information and knowledge sharing for ASRH&R activities amongst stakeholders, developing innovative approaches to comprehensive SRHR information, education and counselling to adolescents, strengthening ASRH&R service delivery and support on various health concerns, creating effective community supportive networks for adolescents and formulating evidence based revisions of legislation, policies, strategies and guidelines on ASRH&R.
The Inter – Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Population Policy was tasked to oversee the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National ASRH&R Framework Strategy. The IMC member departments, civil society organisations and development partners form a Technical Committee to support the IMC in this regard. The Technical Committee is chaired by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). The National Population Unit (NPU) in the National Department of Social Development provides the secretariat for the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the National ASRH&R Framework Strategy. The Technical Committee will convene twice per year and will report to Cabinet through the IMC on an annual basis regarding progress of the implementation of the National ASRH&R Framework Strategy.
On the 11 February 2015 the Inter – Ministerial Committee for Population Policy decided that to initiate (kick – start) the implementation of the National ASRH&R Framework Strategy through the following five initiatives:
- Formation of the Framework Strategy Technical Committee, which will coordinate, monitor and evaluate the Framework Strategy and report back to the IMC.
- Develop a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum and implementation framework for the country, including learning from international best practices.
- Analyse and quantify the coverage of existing programmes for identification of sexual and reproductive health service delivery gaps to adolescents.
- Convene public consultative meetings and a national conference on ASRH&R.
- Review of legislation, policies and strategies related to ASRH&R.
International Conference on Population and Development - ICPD
ICPD Plan of Action beyond 2014
STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2014 REPORT
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 14 November 2014.
This year’s theme is “The power of 1.8 billion: adolescents, youth and the transformation of the future.” Young people matter. They matter because an unprecedented 1.8 billion youth are alive today and because they are shapers and leaders of our global future. Yet in a world of adult concerns, young people are often overlooked. This tendency cries out for urgent attention.
The report will be launched at Saint Georges Hotel and Convention Centre, Tshwane on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. The launch will give the youth an opportunity to engage with the Minister on issues affecting them, especially. Click here for the report.
The Minister of Social Development Hon. Bathabile Dlamini will deliver a key-note address, engage with young people on various matters affecting them such as education, unemployment, sexual and reproductive health and launch State of World Population 2014 report.
The UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Esther Muiawill deliver a message of support. The President of the Union of African Population Studies (UAPS) Dr. Jean-Franḉois Kobiane, will announce the UAPS conference that will be held in South Africa in 2015. The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will make a presentation on investing in youth as they are the global future.
For further information, please contact
Ms Pheya Mabote at 012-312 7261 or