The African Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (FPA) advocates for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), including universal access to sexual and reproductive health to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on policies and legislation aiming at improving maternal health, reducing child mortality, promoting gender equality, combating HIV/AIDS and eradicating poverty and harmful practices especially child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) and female genital mutilation (FGM).
FPA was established in 2012 as an African regional parliamentary forum to strengthen the awareness and capacities of African parliamentarians on population and development issues for the sound implementation and monitoring of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and to meet the commitments of African countries to the SDGs and to the African Union Agenda 2063. Harnessing the demographic dividend and greater gender equality are crucial to achieve sustainable social and human development and lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services remains one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in Africa.
FPA parliamentarians strive to engage with parliamentary stakeholders active on population and development at national, regional and international levels in the framework of conferences, parliamentary workshops and delegations on the need to advance the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action.
The FPA prioritizes the need to transform the potential of Africa’s large youth population and focuses on increasing investments in youth, driving change and positioning African countries on the path towards harnessing the demographic dividend.
FPA parliamentarians aim to achieve a full and effective implementation of continental and global level instruments such as the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development, AU Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As a parliamentary forum, FPA furthermore aims to promote and initiate cooperation partnerships between parliamentary networks and other stakeholders active on population and development in Africa and worldwide.