Woman at a radio station (Photo by Jeroen van Loon)

49th CPD: The numbers tell the tale

As spring is setting in, we know it is time again to meet for the annual Commission on Population and Development (CPD). Between 11 and 15 April 2016, United Nations member states will come together in New York to discuss to what extent they are able to respect, protect and fulfil human rights. This includes sexual and reproductive rights and the rights of people who may need our particular attention today such as women, girls, youth and migrants.

What is at stake?

Each year, a specific theme is discussed at the CPD. In 2012 it focused on adolescents and youth, and last year on the link between population and sustainable development. This year’s theme is more technical by nature. During its 49th meeting, the CPD will address the demographic evidence base that is necessary to measure progress in achieving sustainable development.  We at Rutgers are highly dependent on good quality statistics; we will amongst others advocate for improved disaggregation of statistics minimally on the basis of age, sex, income and location (rural/urban), as well as for better qualitative statistics.

UN building New York

A second resolution

Different from previous years, the Commission will also negotiate a second resolution. This one focuses on the so-called methods of work. These are about what the CPD will look like in the future, how it functions and how it relates to other commissions and mechanisms at the UN. It also includes which themes will be chosen in the future, whether it will continue the practice of negotiating an outcome document, and whether and how civil society organizations such as Rutgers can participate. Rutgers finds it important that future CPD themes are chosen on the basis of the agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and that possibilities for civil society to participate are expanded.

“I very much look forward to support the delegation with my knowledge about the CPD and my large network of organizations in the Netherlands, Europe and the Global South.”

Rineke van Dam
Rineke van Dam
Advocate at Rutgers

Dutch delegation

Rineke van Dam, an advocate at Rutgers, will participate in this year’s meeting of the Commission, as part of the Dutch government delegation. She will also collaborate closely with the youth representative in the delegation, Lotte Dijkstra, to ensure more young people and adolescents will be able to meaningfully take part in these kinds of discussions.



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