Reproductive Health and Rights for all: Accelerating the ICPD Agenda in the EECA region

25-11-2019 from 09:00 to 17:00
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Mon 25 Nov – Reproductive Health and Rights for all: Accelerating  the ICPD Agenda in the EECA region


 Significant results have been achieved in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since ICPD in 1994: the number – and rate – of women dying from pregnancy or childbirth has nearly halved. Women are better able to plan when to have children – and how many. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before. But not everyone has benefited equally from this progress. Young women and men often face difficulties in accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Serious barriers still exist for poor women, migrants, young people, ethnic minorities and those who live in rural areas.


During this conference day we look at the outcomes and commitments made by governments, civil society  and donors at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD+25 that took place only two weeks before. What universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights mean for the region? How to accelerate the actions and address the challenges faced in Eastern European and Central Asian countries? What are the emerging cross-cutting issues around ensuring reproductive health and rights for all? What role can international networks as the Academic Network of Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy (ANSER) or multilateral organisations like UNFPA play to support implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in country? What are the priorities to focus on in the coming years and what could be done to accelerate the implementation of the ICPD agenda?


9:00 – 9:30 Registrations

 Master of Ceremony throughout the day: Ines Keygnaert (ICRH, Ghent University)

9:30-9:45 Welcome

-          Olivier Degomme (ICRH, Ghent University)

-          Ian McFarlane (UNFPA EECARO)

9:45-11:00 What do the outcomes of the ICPD+25 commitments mean for the EECA region?

-          ‘Nairobi Summit outcomes’ by  Ian McFarlane (UNFPA EECARO)

-          ‘EECA Countries’ commitments to advance SRHR’ by Tamar Khomasuridze (UNFPA EECARO)

-          How to increase the quality of national implementation of the ICPD agenda via ANSER tools’ by Olivier Degomme (ICRH, Ghent University)

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:15 UNFPA transformative results: country achievements and challenges

-          ‘Preventing maternal death’ by Gulnara Rzayeva (The Association ‘Supporting the Development of the Gynaecology and Perinatology’ Azerbaijan)

-          ‘Reducing unmet need for Family Planning’ by Yuliya Savochkina (Department of Mother to Child Care, Belarus)

-          ‘Eliminating cervical cancer’ by Dorina Tocaj (UNFPA Albania Country Office)

12:15 – 13:00 Commitments related to cross-cutting issues

-          ‘Leaving no one behind: access to SRHR for vulnerable groups’ by Corina Lliade Tulbure (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy ‘Nicolae testemitanu’, Republic of Moldova)

-          ‘Quality and affordability of SRHR services’ by Nevena Sovic(UNFPA Serbia Country Office)

-          ‘Human resources for delivering universal access to SRHR’ by George Mataradze (UNFPA Georgia Country Office)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Panel discussion:  What can academics, multilateral organisations and donors do to support ICPD implementation in the region?

                   Moderator: Ian Mc Farlane (UNFPA EECARO)

  • Panel with:
    • ‘Academic perspective’ by Katrina Perehudoff (ICRH/ ANSER)
    • ‘Multilateral perspective’ by Tamar Khomasuridze (UNFPA EECARO) 
    • ‘Youth perspective’ by Kristian Angeleski (Y-PEER Macedonia)
    • ‘Donors and private sector perspective’ by Louise Dann (UNFPA EECARO)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30 Interactive group discussions on possible means to accelerate the road to success:

  • Capacity building of young researchers – Moderator: Olena Ivanvova (Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich)
  • Knowledge and evidence translation from research to policy and vice versa – Moderator: Emilie Peeters (ICRH, Ghent University)
  • Programme effectiveness and how to overcome challenges – Moderator: Dorina Tocaj (UNFPA Albania country office )
  • Networking and technical support from ANSER – Moderator: Olivier Degomme (ICRH, Ghent University)

16:30 – 16:50 Feedback of the group discussions in plenary by the rapporteurs

16:50-17:00 Closing - Ian McFarlane (UNFPA EECARO)

17:00 Reception



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