On 11th November, the All Africa Conference of Churches and other religious actors co-hosted a side-event: Religious Leaders Pre-Summit on ICPD 25 for the Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) at Desmond Tutu Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, with the theme being ‘Population and Development: Exploring Synergies with Faith Actors.’
The summit sought to; explore and demonstrate value-added by faith actors in the continuum that is population and development, showcase good practices in interventions by and with faith actors, train on strategies for effective high-level advocacy and release to the public of faith actors’ commitments towards the three ICPD zeros; zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths as well as zero gender-based violence and harmful practices against women, girls and youth.
The keynote address was delivered by Rev. Nicta Lubaale, General Secretary, Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC). In his address, he called for a transformation of values and more engagement in service provisions. He insisted on the necessity to localize the language of international agenda such as ICPD in order to meet people at their points of need.
The summit participants representing different religious institutions developed and released a whole inclusive outcome commitment that not only raises their belief in the sacredness of life and responsibility to promote the wellbeing of humanity but also concerns that perspectives and alternatives provided by faith actors, especially from the majority world, are minimally included in global processes such as ICPD25. The statement of commitments also reflects the specific roles of the faith actors as allies in achieving the ICPD Programme of Action (PoA).
The Faith-Based Actors (FBAs) reiterate that life is a gift from God, and therefore sacred; it ought not to be taken away through preventable causes.