Yemenis Have No Future Without Stability and Peace

Asma al-Mohattwari

On December 14th, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Yemeni Family Care Association and National Population Forum organized the 4th Annual Meeting of the CSOs National Population Forum (NPF) under the slogan ‘the New Role of Media in Supporting and Advocating for Population Issues.’

There were more than 100 participants in the forum from members of the House of Representatives, the Shura Council, a group of journalists, civil society, international organizations, academics, and those interested in population issues from the relevant authorities in the government.

The chairman of the NPF, Dr. Abdulslalam al-Aqel, pointed out that this meeting comes as a tradition of annual meetings by the forum that aim to activate the role of civil society organizations in advocacy, planning, and implementation of population issues, policies, and programs and the adoption of the population problem as a separate component within the plans and programs of civil society.

The President’s Advisor for Media Affairs, Mahbob Ali, said that the concern about population issues is one of the most important issues because investment in people is the most expensive and the purest of all investments, such as mineral and oil. Mahbob called all the participants to do their best for the people and the community for stability and safety and peace. “It is impossible to talk about the future of family, children and population without first achieving stability, safety, and peace and rejecting conflict.”

For her part, Lene Christiansen, UNFPA representative to Yemen, said that during the two-day meeting, the discussion took into consideration global developments, including the review of the MIDGs, the crafting of the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and a review of the Program of Action ICPD. “This is particularly relevant for Yemen at this historical juncture where its future is defined based on the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference.”

Al-Aqel added that in this annual meeting, they discussed three working papers dealing with the vision of the governmental and academic side and civil society for the new role of the media in support and advocacy of population issues and the recommendations of the International Conference on Population and Development after 20-year roadmap development for beyond 2015.