UN Commission on Population and Development

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Overview:

The Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund is organizing event titled “Localizing the SDGs: Women in Local Governance in India Lead the Way” during the 57th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD57).

About Commission on Population and Development

  • It was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946, which was renamed as the Commission on Population and Development by the General Assembly in 1994.
  • Members: It is composed of 47 member countries.
  • Term: Member countries are elected by the Economic and Social Council for a period of four years on the basis of geographic distribution.
  • It was constituted as a three-tiered intergovernmental mechanism that plays the primary role in the follow-up to the implementation of the programme of action at the national, regional and international levels and advise the Council thereon.
  • The meetings of commission were held typically every two or three years until 1994, after which it was held once a year.

What is the United Nations Population Fund?

  • It is an international development agency created in 1968 to support the execution of projects and programmes in the area of population and sexual and reproductive health.
  • In 1987, it was officially renamed as the United Nations Population Fund but the original abbreviation UNFPA (United Nations Fund for Population Activities) was retained.
  • It is not directly responsible for the collection of primary statistics; it plays an important role in the technical and financial support of statistical activities in countries, such as population censuses and thematic surveys etc.

Headquarters: New York


Q1: What Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)?

It is under the overall authority of the General Assembly, coordinates the economic and social work of the United Nations and the UN family of organizations. The Council has 54 members elected by the General Assembly for three-year terms.


Source:Elected Women Representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions to Participate in CPD57 Side Event “Localizing the SDGs: Women in Local Governance in India Lead the Way” on 3rd May 2024 at United Nations Headquarters in New York