|Population Policies and Programmes: The Impact of HIV/AIDS - Report (DSE - ICPD - UNFPA, 1993, 80 p.)|
What is the impact of HIV/AIDS on population growth? This question has only too often been met by a cynical answer, implying that the epidemic might solve the problem of over-population. This argument is not only unhumane hut wrong. Statistical analyses show that HIV/AIDS does not significally slow down population growth, but rather undermines the chances of developing countries to meet the needs of a still increasing population by severely damaging the social fabric. The question is, therefore, whether HIV/AIDS prevention measures can be combined with population and family planning policies in order to fight for the same goal of improvements in the physical and social well-being of human populations.
Representatives of a number of governments, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Population Division, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other United Nations bodies, non-governmental institutions and international experts were invited to the Berlin round table on Population Policies and Programmes: The Impact of HIV/AIDS to discuss policies and programmatic issues. The recommendations of this meeting will serve as a substantive contribution to the preparations for the World Population Conference (ICPD) in Cairo, September 1994. This round table was part of a series of consultations complementing the regional population conferences and expert group meetings which had already taken place.
The following report presents the findings and recommendations of the Berlin meeting, followed by a summary of salient points of the proceedings as well as selected conference presentations and background documents. References to a number of most useful and interesting papers which relate to the meeting are also listed in section V. On request these can be obtained from us in English. We ask the authors for their understanding that the full inclusion of these papers into this report exceeded our possibilities.
We are very grateful to Ambassador Richard E. Benedick, special advisor to the Secretary General of the International Conference on Population and Development, for finalizing this report.
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