The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) represented by Rev. Dr. Lesmore Gibson Ezekiel, AACC Director for Peace, Diakonia and Development, participated at the Consultative Meeting of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH) at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda from 29th September to 1st October, with the theme "Building capacity of African policymakers for enhanced implementation of ICPD PoA and improved reproductive health outcomes: Challenges and Opportunities".
The meeting was held at an opportune time when the Governments of Kenya, Denmark and UNFPA will convene the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+25) Summit to be held on November 12 – 14, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting provided space for discussions between and among policy and decision makers and implementers to develop concrete actions and commitments aimed at improving Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RH/FP) outcomes in the context of the implementation of ICPD Plan of Action (PoA) and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The meeting participants representing different stakeholders and countries from Africa and beyond adopted the Kampala Call to Action whose core principles are improved reproductive health and family planning for sustainable development.
The event offered AACC engagement with African Parliamentarians on their roles of Representation, Legislation and Oversight. It equally created a potent space to identify new prospective partners for collaborative initiatives on population and development, with the recognition that religious constituencies must be on the table of policy discourses on reproductive health care and services. Undoubtedly, religious institutions are strategically placed to advocate for the masses, while holding policy and decision makers accountable for their stewardship.
AACC continues its leadership role in mobilizing faith communities to participate in concrete ways in and beyond the forthcoming ICPD+25 Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.