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25.07.2009 12:56 Age: 6 Years

Global Partners in Action: NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development

Category: International


Invest in Health, Rights and the Future in Berlin, Germany, September 2–4, 2009

2009 marks the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a landmark conference held in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994 that put the need for universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at the heart of sustainable development. This is an opportunity to review progress, celebrate achievements and plan for the future challenges. Civil Society actors all over the world have played an important role in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. 

The Global NGO Forum

Global Partners in Action: NGO Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development aims to strengthen NGOs working in partnership to advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for sustainable development in an uncertain and interdependent world. Global Partners in Action is led by NGOs and is for NGOs. The Forum will be a highly interactive working meeting, where participants will be able to contribute to breakout sessions, as participants, facilitators, resource persons or rapporteurs and share their work and experiences. Plenary sessions featuring high level speakers will also inspire Global Partners in Action.

The Outcomes

The outcomes from discussions in the various sessions will feed into the Berlin Call to Action and the Strategic Options for NGOs. The Berlin Call to Action is envisioned as an advocacy tool for NGOs to share with governments, parliamentarians and other stakeholders to make their voices heard. The Strategic Options for NGOs is foreseen as a medium term road map to ensure that this Forum charts a way forward for enhanced efforts towards the achievement of the ICPD Programme of Action in synergy with the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and beyond.


There will be 400 participants at Global Partners in Action representing NGOs working in different fields of health and development from as many countries, regions and networks as possible along with other stakeholders. Youth participation is also a priority and a commitment has been made to have at least 25 percent of participants under the age of 30. Discussions leading up to the Forum Regional and national discussions leading up to the Forum will take place where possible. The objective is to promote discussion among NGOs on key questions related to the assessment of ongoing progress and needs, successful approaches, remaining barriers, ways forward and additional needs relating to the ICPD agenda. These discussions aspire to ensure broad participation and to inform the Forum and any subsequent follow-up efforts on how to implement the ICPD Programme of Action.

Global Partners in Action Steering Group

  • Ms Gill Greer | International Planned Parenthood Federation, Chair
  • Ms Katie Chau | Youth Coalition, Co-Chair 
  • Ms Catherina Hinz | German Foundation for World Population, Co-Chair
  • Ms Sivananthi Thanenthiran | Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, Co-Chair
  • Mr Stan Bernstein | United Nations Population Fund
  • Ms Codou Bop | Groupe de Recherche Femmes et Lois au Sénégal
  • Ms Soukeina Bouraoui | Centre of Arab Women for Training & Research
  • Mr Gunston Chola | Africa Youth and Adolescent Network on Population and Development
  • Ms Amy Coen | Population Action International G
  • Ms Sylvia Estrada Claudio | Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights
  • Ms Beth Fredricks I ex officio
  • Ms Nirvana Gónzales Rosa | Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network
  • Ms Marianne Haslegrave | Commonwealth Medical Trust
  • Ms Denise Hirao | International Women’s Health Coalition
  • Mr Ulrich Knobloch | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit
  • Ms Viviana Maldonado Posso | acdemocracia
  • Ms Elena Sajina | Family Planning Association of Moldova
  • Ms Paula Samuels | Jamaican Network of People Living with HIV
  • Mr Joachim Schmitt | German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Ms Ann Starrs | Family Care International
  • Ms Hilkka Vuorenmaa | Väestöliitto, EuroNGOs
  • Ms Ute Baumgärtel | Conference Secretariat / GTZ AgenZ
  • Ms Noemi Espinoza | Conference Secretariat / UNFPA

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