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Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN was elected Chair of the Commission on Population and Development

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On Friday, 7 April, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, Ambassador Ion Jinga was elected as Chair of the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development. The elections took place at the closure of the 50th session of the Commission, New York, 3-7 April.

In his intervention, Ambassador Ion Jinga stressed that over the last 50 years of continuous work, the Commission on Population and Development carried on the implementation of bolded and vast policies and programs focused on people, women and men, girls and boys, and particularly on the most marginalized and vulnerable categories of individuals.

He underlined the forward looking character of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and commended the activity of the Commission on Population and Development to support the advancement of the ICPD agenda across many of its most vital areas – in poverty reduction, girls’ education, maternal and child mortality, access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, protection of reproductive rights, and many other areas of the Programme of Action.

The Romanian Permanent Representative highlighted the top priority of the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in conjunction with the ICPD Programme of Action for the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, in order to promote, respect and fulfil gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, human rights, to promote equal opportunities for all, to combat all forms of discrimination, to foster social integration for marginalized groups on an equal basis with others and to enforce legislation, policies and action based on human rights for all in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure that we are leaving no one behind.

He praised the activity of the United Nations Fund on Population (UNFPA) in the world and stressed the importance of paying attention to the areas of shortfall in the implementation of the Programme of Action, the necessity to increase of resources at all levels, particularly in the education and health sectors, to provide inclusive and equitable and quality education at all levels, so that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities. He addressed the problem of women being the great victims of poverty, of conflict, of violations of human rights in different parts of the world, and emphasized the importance to give priority to the protection of women in these circumstances and to the empowerment of women.

Referring to the special theme of the next year session “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration”, he recalled the importance of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, adopted on 21 October 2016, in Quito, that aims to make cities better planned and managed in order to promote a sustainable urbanization, as cities and towns, which will constitute up to 70 per cent of the world population by 2050, will be the engine for sustainable growth in the future. Those urbanized cities are the right of everyone, women, children, youth, elder, migrants.

Background information

The Commission on Population and Development is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. The Bureau members of the Commission are elected for a 1 year cycle.

Romania has the second consecutive mandate as a member of the Commission on Population and Development for 2018-2021.

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Monday, April 10, 2017