57th CPD Side Event: Optimizing Southeast Asian Populations Dynamics through South-South and Technical Cooperation, 1 May 2024

Apr 27, 2024 | Events

  • When: May 1, 2024 | 1:15p.m. – 2:30p.m. (EDT)
  • Where: Conference Room 7, United Nations Headquarters, New York

The 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) focuses on the assessment of the status of the 30-year implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its contribution to the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The review takes place around key multilateral processes and moments, including the global review of the SDGs at the 2023 High-Level Political Forum (July 2023), the 2023 SDG Summit (September 2023), the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 2023) and the 2024 Summit of the Future (September 2024).

The side event is jointly organized by countries in Southeast Asia aims to create a knowledge-sharing platform on the evolving population dynamics and its implication for national development of each participating country. It aims to share country-specific demographic trends and patterns, implications to development, and existing policy and program interventions. The exchange of each country’s experience will provide opportunities to learn from their experiences and replicate best practices.


Commission on Population and Development, Philippines; Ministry of Public Health, Thailand; National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), Malaysia; the Permanent Missions of the Republic of the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand Co-organizer: UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Offices of the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia and United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)


  1. For participating countries to share trends, patterns and current situation of their population as the impacts on their socioeconomic development, existing population and development policies particularly within the context of the ICDP Programme of Action, lessons learned and good practices and continuing challenges; and
  2. To broadly discuss possible areas of region-wide south-south triangular cooperation or sustained knowledge-sharing mechanism among interested countries in Southeast Asia.


1. Welcome Remarks
  • Mr. Antonio M. Lagdameo, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations
  • Mr. Pio Smith, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
2. Solidarity Message
  • Ms. Dima Al-Khatib, Director, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
3. Presentations
  • Malaysia: Mr. Mohd Firdaus Bin Mazalan, Statistician, Population and Family Research Division, LPPKN
  • Thailand: Dr. Bunyarit Sukrat, Director, Reproductive Health Bureau, MoPH
  • Republic of the Philippines: Dr. Lisa Grace Bersales, Undersecretary and Executive Director, CPD
4. Q&A 5. Synthesis/Video Presentations