The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) christened, ICPD+25, has opened up in Nairobi, 25 years since the first…
His President Uhuru Kenyatta, officially opened the summit on Tuesday, alongside Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN and Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director UNFPA.
The ICPD Nairobi summit brings together 4000 delegates to deliberate on Sexual and reproductive health rights.
What is ICPD+25?
The ICPD in reference was held in Cairo, Egypt in 1994 and from it a Program of Action was developed that changed the whole perspective of development by placing population issues at the center of development and shifting the main goal of national population policies to that of improving the well-being of citizens.
ICPD also identified enhanced access to reproductive health as critical to the development and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.7 has years later reinforced this view and given prominence to improved reproductive health.
Kenya is one of the 179 member countries that committed to the ICPD 1994 PoA and has consistently worked towards achieving the PoA objectives and has been conducting ICPD reviews every five years. The country Kenya is also a very active member of the FP2020 movement and has achieved remarkable progress by surpassing family planning targets and continuously seeking ways of improving the family planning program as a pathway towards the management of population growth and consequently attaining a quality life for its population.
The secretariat for the ICPD Nairobi Summit is the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD).
Church Leaders oppose ICPD Summit on Abortion Claims
Church leaders have condemned the summit, arguing that it’s aimed at pushing the country to legalize abortion and homosexuality.
The clergy told the organizers that the Country is a God-fearing nation and will not welcome any plans to legalize abortion and homosexuality.
Deputy President William Ruto also over the weekend joined religious leaders in cautioning, organizers of the upcoming International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) against using the platform to advance homosexuality and abortion.
Ruto e assured Christians that the Government would not allow the introduction of practices that contradict the teachings of the Bible.
“We would stand firm as leaders to oppose any teachings and issues that go against our stand as Christians,” he said.
ICPD organizers have however maintained that the summit advocates for the quality of life and giving people the necessary rights and choices to acquire it.