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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69

Creating a new consensus on population

Associate Professor, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Baba Gang Nath Marg, Munirka, Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication12-May-2011

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Poonam Khattar
Associate Professor, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Baba Gang Nath Marg, Munirka, Delhi
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Khattar P. Creating a new consensus on population. Indian J Community Med 2011;36:69

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Khattar P. Creating a new consensus on population. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Dec 1];36:69. Available from: https://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2011/36/1/69/80800

The Politics of Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights and Women's Empowerment

Revised Second Edition

Author: Jyoti Shankar Singh

Publishers: Earthscan, London, Sterling, VA

Year of Publication: 2009

Pages: 209

Price: Hardback: ͳ85.00; Paperback: ͳ24.95

ISBN: 978-1-84407-905-6 (hardback); 978-1-84407-906-3 (paperback)
"Creating a New Consensus on Population" elucidates the policies of reproductive health, reproductive rights, and women's empowerment. The book provides an insight as to how the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held at Cairo, set the trends in international cooperation toward population, social and economic development. The first edition of this book provided a firsthand account of how issues in the politics of population were dealt with during the ICPD process by the government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, academics, experts, religious leaders, politicians, and the media. It highlighted the strategic role played by the Conference Secretariat in promoting and coordination of in-depth consideration of reproductive and population issues and development of conceptual framework and content of the ICPD Programme of Action. The second edition provides an updated record of the initial six chapters with three new chapters. It provides an analytical perspective on what has happened in implementing the Cairo Agenda and a lucid account of the radical shift in approach from Family Planning to Reproductive Health issues since Cairo conference within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The role and agreements on the part of developing countries toward "mobilizing resources for population programmes" has been highlighted by charting out the financial requirements for various sectors. The book presents a succinct record of proceedings about the empowerment of women and emphasizes the concept of gender equality and equity promoted in the ICPD.

At a time when achievement of MDGs is a cause of concern internationally, the book provides an analysis of the institutional response of various countries in terms of implementing the Cairo Agenda. Illustrative cases of policy changes by five countries on reproductive and child health, maternal health, and adolescent health present an overview of the impact of implementation of population policies. Mr. Jyoti Shankar Singh, with his deep insight and firsthand experience of being associated with the ICPD Conference, has very successfully penned down a definitive account of how the international community has dealt with the population issues and policies over time. The book provides a rare opportunity for those engaged in policies related to population, health, and development concerns at global level.

Jyoti Shankar Singh is Permanent Observer to the United Nations for Partners in Population and Development (PPD), an intergovernmental organization of 24 developing countries dedicated to promotion of South-South cooperation. He is Former Deputy Executive Director of the UNFPA and served as Executive Coordinator of the 1984 International Conference on Population and the 1994 ICPD.


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