By Zayamu Hassan
The United Nations Population Fund – West and Central Africa Regional Office (UNFPA – WCARO) has concluded plans to hold its annual planning meeting.
The meeting has been scheduled to hold at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, next week.
The meeting, according to a statement made available to ExpressDay in Abuja, will be attended by the senior management team from the regional office, headquarters as well as the 23 UNFPA country offices of the region.
It will be declared open by the Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea.
Commenting ahead of the planning meeting, the Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Mabingue Ngom said, “Its a meeting of strategic reflections to discuss the progress made half-way down the implementation of UNFPA’s Strategic Plan (2018-2021).
“We will be drawing lessons from the past two years while integrating the bold commitments of ICPD25 to scale-up, and accelerate the delivery of the UNFPA three transformative results of zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices by 2030.”
The meeting, according to the statement, “will also avail the UNFPA managers the opportunity of collective accountability to ensure better results and enhanced coordination and collaboration.
“In addition, there is a need to prepare for sustained delivery of services given that the West and Central Africa region is facing unprecedented humanitarian and insecurity challenges with several key elections taking place in 2020 that may impact the regular functioning of the organization.”
It further revealed that the managers will discuss UNFPA’s role across the region in delivering on, and meeting targets within the Decade of Action to accelerate and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.