Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Why is funding for population activities declining?

The sexual and reproductive health community heralded the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in 1994 at Cairo as a new dawn in reproductive rights. ICPD saw a seismic shift in the way we look at reproductive health, away from the narrow confines of family planning and demographic targets to the broader areas of women’s empowerment and young people’s reproductive health needs. Most importantly, ICPD strengthened the concepts of “rights” and “choice” as the backbone of reproductive health. But many of the declarations hailed at the time remain just that – declarations. Many of the positive changes mooted at the Conference have not been implemented. No doubt this is partly owing to a lack of political resolve – particularly around sensitive issues of young people’s sexual rights and abortion – but also, crucially, a lack of financial will.


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