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Following the opening of the 54th session of the Commission on Population and Development, the Chair of the Commission, Yemadaogo Eric Tiare, told reporters that “continued population growth will contribute to the increasing demand for food that is expected between now and 2050, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Yemadaogo Eric Tiare, Chair, 54th session, Commission on Population and Development:
“Malnutrition in all its forms affects one in three people. Unhealthy diets are creating disease burdens through the life course. Food system access increasing pressure on natural ecosystems and climate. Continued population growth will contribute to the increasing demand for food that is expected between now and 2050, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Yemadaogo Eric Tiare, Chair, 54th session, Commission on Population and Development:
“The report by the Secretary-General suggests that action to implement the programme of action can promote both food security and improved nutrition. For example, sustainable patterns of consumption and production, achievement of gender equality, increased education especially for girls, and access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, can all help reduce population pressure.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“Now with COVID-19, food scarcity, and movement restrictions have placed women and girls at higher risk of gender-based violence, of transactional sex, and other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as higher incidences of child marriage and of adolescent pregnancy.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“In Africa and in south Asia the concern of women has been expressed repeatedly that they be allowed to fulfil their expectation of being able to control their fertility. So, UNFPA sees an opportunity for a win-win because fertility rates have fallen dramatically in the past two generations, as women have played larger roles in society and in the public sphere.”
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Following the opening of the 54th session of the Commission on Population and Development, the Chair of the Commission, Yemadaogo Eric Tiare, today told reporters that “continued population growth will contribute to the increasing demand for food that is expected between now and 2050, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.”

Ambassador Tiare, who is the Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the UN, said the report of the Secretary-General “suggests that action to implement the programme of action can promote both food security and improved nutrition.”

He said, “sustainable patterns of consumption and production, achievement of gender equality, increased education especially for girls, and access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, can all help reduce population pressure.”

The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Natalia Kanem, said, “with COVID-19, food scarcity, and movement restrictions have placed women and girls at higher risk of gender-based violence, of transactional sex, and other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as higher incidences of child marriage and of adolescent pregnancy.”

Kanem said, “in Africa and in south Asia the concern of women has been expressed repeatedly that they be allowed to fulfil their expectation of being able to control their fertility. So, UNFPA sees an opportunity for a win-win because fertility rates have fallen dramatically in the past two generations, as women have played larger roles in society and in the public sphere.”

Every year since 1994, when the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was adopted in Cairo, the Commission on Population and Development has met to review the programme’s progress at the national, regional and international levels. Prior to that, the commission (formed in 1946 and comprising representatives of 47 member states) met every two to three years.

The ICPD Programme of Action established that sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality were fundamental to the well-being of nations and its citizens; its implementation is key to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

This year's CPD theme is “Population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development,” which will address how food insecurity and malnutrition has spiked under COVID-19, resulting in increased stress that exacerbates gender-based violence and child marriage. Poor maternal nutrition, too, can lead to poor pregnancy and newborn outcomes and compromised lifelong health.
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