"The Millennium Development Goals, particularly the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, cannot be achieved if questions of population and reproductive health are not squarely addressed. And that means stronger efforts to promote women's rights, and greater investment in education and health, including reproductive health and family planning."
Kofi A. Annan (United Nations Secretary General 1997 - 2006)
Background and Goals
The International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development, an annual, two-day conference taking place in Berlin, was first convened in 2002 by a consortium of German development cooperation organisations, private enterprises and their international partners. The objective of this forum is to provide a platform to exchange strategies on population issues and sustainable development, to reinforce the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Cairo agenda and to contribute to accelerating achievement progress towards the MDGs.
Contents of the International Dialogues
Each conference is dedicated to a particular topic and reflects the broad range of issues under the comprehensive concept of reproductive health and population.
In succession the following conferences took place:
10th International Dialogue
Population dynamics in the 21st century - Transforming challenges into opportunities
9th International Dialogue
Education Matters: Empowering Young People for a Healthy Future
6th International Dialogue
Meeting the Challenge – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in an Urbanising World
5th International Dialogue
Demographic Dynamics and Socio-Economic Development
4th International Dialogue
Promoting Adolescent Sexual Knowledge and Responsible Behaviour
3rd International Dialogue
Implementing the Millennium Development Goals
2nd International Dialogue
Ways out of the Crisis - Reproductive Health in Need of New Ideas
1st International Dialogue
Reproductive Health - Stepchild of the International Community?
In preparation:7th International Dialogue,
2008. Information soon will be available
The International Dialogue has grown into an important event and Dialogue forum, for national and international experts, policy makers, the philanthropic community, the media, and the interested public.
The organising partners are
Bayer Schering Pharma
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, Eschborn
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
DSW (German Foundation for World Population), Hannover
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), London
InWEnt, Internationale Entwicklung und Weiterbildung GmbH, Capacity Building International, Germany
KfW – Entwicklungsbank, Frankfurt am Main