Glassie off to population conference

Saturday October 06, 2018 Written by Published in Politics

Nandi Glassie has been invited to attend the Asia Pacific Population Conference (APPC) in Auckland, New Zealand, next week as a resource facilitator.

 

The Asia Pacific Population Conference meets once every 10 years in order to set the agenda regarding issues related to population and development for the upcoming decade.

Glassie, the former health minister, has been working with the organisers of the conference for the past eight years.

The two-day conference which will be held next week is funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

According to the organisers, Glassie has been a strong advocate at global level, on behalf of the Pacific region on matters related to “improved health and poverty eradication” in the region.

Glassie said his involvement in these sessions and workshops had been recognised and rewarded through this invitation.

“I am not looking for personal accolade, it has always been my interest in contributing to this country and the Pacific on international issues (health and poverty eradication) to make the Pacific an even better place to live in, even if I am no longer in politics,” he said.

The organisers of the conference acknowledged the substantive advocacy work Glassie led on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in the Cooks Islands and for the Pacific.

They said the conference on October 10 and 11 was to inform on the process of the mid-term review of APPC, to share country progress and experiences, and to provide support to the drafting of national statements for a meeting in Bangkok in November.

The organisers asked Glassie to provide some support in the meeting, particularly in relation to the review of ICPD in the Pacific.

Glassie will leave the country for the meeting this weekend.

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