Guyana and Jamaica were re-elected as Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development. The second session of the conference took place in Mexico City, Mexico, 6-9 October, 2015. The first session was held in Montevideo, Uruguay, 12-15 August 2013.
At the meeting’s first plenary last week, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States expressed gratitude to the presiding officers for the work they did in preparing an Operational Guide for the implementation of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development. The Montevideo Consensus contains a series of agreements to strengthen implementation of population and development issues beyond 2014. It was adopted two years earlier in preparation for the Cairo plus 20 Conference held in 2014.
The Operational Guide is a technical tool to support countries in their implementation Montevideo Consensus. CARICOM governments supported their Latin American partners by endorsing the Meeting Resolution which pointed to the utility of the document in supporting the Montevideo Consensus – implementation agenda for the Region. The meeting agreed to the formation of an ad hoc working group to further refine the document in support of national level implementation of population and development policies
Delegates shared national experiences on such issues relating to population dynamics including data collection, Rights of the populations, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Migration, Youth Empowerment, Gender Issues and the Rights of Indigenous and Afro descendants. Civil Society engagements during the Meeting were very prominent. CARICOM non-governmental organisations (NGOs) played an active role in the advocacy which took place in and about the margins of the meeting.
The meeting, which was declared open by Mexican President, His Excellency Enrique Pena Nieto, was hosted by the Government of Mexico and co-sponsored by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC and the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. Eight CARICOM Governments were represented there: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The Third session is scheduled for El Salvador in 2017.