Oct 07, Colombo: The newly appointed Asia Pacific Regional Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mr. Bjorn Andersson, arrived in Sri Lanka on 6 October 2017 for a 5-day mission. This will be his first official mission since taking up his post as Regional Director in September 2017.
Mr. Anderson Friday participated in the 4th Generation-to-Generation Dialogue on Population Ageing in Sri Lanka and its Policy Implications, organized in partnership with the Department of Census and Statistics where a thematic report on the ageing population of Sri Lanka was launched. The thematic report is part of a series of reports that the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, has produced in partnership with the Department of Census and Statistics.
Mr. Anderson will participate in the 12th General Assembly of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), which will be held in Colombo from October 7-8. The AFPPD is a regional non-governmental organization, supported by UNFPA that serves as a coordinating body of 29 national committees of parliamentarians on population development.
"I'm delighted to be heading to Sri Lanka, a country with leading socio-economic indicators in the region. I am very much looking forward to working with partners in Sri Lanka and Parliamentarians from across Asia-Pacific to advance progress on reproductive health and rights, the wider ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development) agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals," Andersson said prior to his arrival in Colombo.
The ICPD program of action adopted by 179 countries in 1994 acknowledges reproductive health and rights, as well as women's empowerment and gender equality, as cornerstones of population and development programs.
During Mr. Andersson's mission in Sri Lanka, he also plans to engage in a series of high-level meetings to discuss the work of the UNFPA in Sri Lanka. Scheduled meetings include discussions with the Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Women Affairs and Children, Ministry of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine, Ministry of Social Empowerment, Welfare, and Kandyan Heritage, Ministry of Skills, Development and Vocational Training, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Education, Department of Census and Statistics, and the University of Colombo.