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CAPPD taking-off in 2014!

Snapshot of what the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population (CAPPD) has been up to in 2014.

Sarah Kennell

on 19 December 2014

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Transcript of CAPPD taking-off in 2014!

taking off!
in 2014

International Parliamentarians Conference on the ICPD
The 6th IPCI took place in Sweden, bringing together hundreds of parliamentarians from 134 countries to assess progress and challenges remaining in the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Programme of Action,
CAPPD Chair authors Huffington Post article
Rathika Sitsabaiesan
co-authored an op-ed in the Huffington Post with Sandeep Prasad (Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights). It looked at how Canada could strengthen its approach to addressing child, early and forced marriage.
Minister for International Development responds to CAPPD Order Paper Question
In January, Minister Paradis responded to CAPPD's Chair regarding Canada’s support for sexual and reproductive health, globally. The response specified the total amount spent on family planning within the context of the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, which amounted to only $12.8 million (as of March 31 2013).
2014 Annual General Meeting
At its May AGM CAPPD elected its 2014-2015 Executive Committee, made up of the incumbent Chair, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, and Vice-Chairs: Mylène Freeman, Sadia Groguhé, Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry and Elizabeth May. It also included an interactive discussion about the Muskoka Initiative and what to expect from the high-level summit on MNCH.
With a growing membership, the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD) is now made up of 42 parliamentarians, representing all official political parties.

Keep watching for a snapshot of what we've been up to this year.
For more information, visit: www.cappd.ca
CAPPD attends High-level summit on Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
In May, Canada hosted a summit on MNCH, which built on the 2010-2015 Muskoka Initiative. It concluded with the announcement of $3.5 billion in new funding to be put towards MNCH over the next 5 years. Little Muskoka funding has been directed towards family planning and reproductive health. Of the $2.28 billion spent as of March 2014, only 0.55% was spent on family planning, totaling just $12.8 million since 2010. This, despite a global unmet need for family planning.
2014 volume of CAPPD's newsletter
Boasting an increased circulation in 2014, CAPPD newsletters are read by Parliamentarians and others stakeholders in Canada and from around the world. A recent article from the Spring 2014 newsletter was contributed by long-time CAPPD member, Senator Andreychuk, who gave an interview on 20-years of implementation of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action.
CAPPD 2014 factsheet series
Throughout 2014 produced
a series of factsheets that address important and emerging issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. The
Launch of UNFPA Report on young people & adolescents
With a record-number of attenders, CAPPD, alongside Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, launched the annual United Nations Population Fund
State of World Population

on Parliament Hill.
CAPPD hosts event as part of 16 days against gender-based violence
Moderated by Ottawa Citizen columnist Kate Heartfield, the event invited CAPPD members from all federal political parties to discuss violence against women, in Canada and globally. Panelists were asked to respond to whether now is Canada’s watershed moment to take meaningful action to address violence against women. Well-attended by civil society organizations, parliamentarians and academics, the event reflected on what has been done to address this issue in the past, and what political parties see as necessary actions moving forward.
Wishing you a healthy and happy 2015!
since 1994. CAPPD Vice-Chairs,
Mylène Freemen
and the
Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry
, represented Canada at the conference. Returning to Ottawa, CAPPD sent a letter to PM Harper, communicating outcomes of the conference.
summer edition provided a background of Canada's commitment to address Child, Early and Forced Marriage, its human rights implications and best practices to address it.
Contact the Secretariat to contribute content to the next edition of the newsletter!
A busy 2014...
CAPPD, and its Secretariat, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, wish you all the best for the year ahead!
The theme of the report was:
The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth and the Transformation of the Future.
Panelists delved into issues related to sexual and reproductive health, examining opportunities to empower young people with the information and services they need to live healthy and productive lives.
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