Asian and African Parliamentarians’ Capacity Development Project on the Integration of Population Issues into National Development Frameworks-PartⅢ
The “Asian and African Parliamentarians’ Capacity Development Project on the Integration of Population Issues into National Development Framework-PartIII” was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 24th to 27th September. The project was co-hosted by the Japan Parliamentarians Federation for Population (JPFP) and the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) and the Zambia All Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (ZAPPD), with a view to discussing the roles and responsibility of parliamentarians on such issues.
From Japan, Hon. Teruhiko Mashiko, MP of Japan and Hon. Hiroyuki Nagahama, MP of Japan participate to the project.
At the conference, Hon. Teruhiko Mashiko said that it is not only important for parliamentarians to mobilize the laws and budgets which will be required to implement the programs on population issues, but parliamentarians must be clear about the objectives of population programs and recommend for modification of the program if necessary. At the same time, it is important to make sure if the objective of the programs has been achieved. Hon. Hiroyuki Nagahama, MP of Japan also made a comment that the fundamental approach of the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 is to allow people to live as human being. He added that the role of parliamentarians is vital in working towards a solution to the population issue and building sustainable societies.
This project introduced measures to deal with population issues in Zambia and other regions, and included site visits to the University Teaching Hospital and Zambian Parliament.
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