Welcome to the International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development

The International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development offers a unique platform to discuss strategies, opportunities and challenges of promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as implications of population dynamics.

The annual conference provides various interactive spaces to reflect on political and practical strategies and gives a unique occasion to widen and strengthen networks between stakeholders from governments, civil society, private sector, multilateral organisations and academia.

Upcoming Dialogue

19ID - Resetting the Agenda
young people’s SRHR at the centre*

The 19th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development Virtual – Resetting the Agenda – young people’s SRHR at the centre* will take place on 17-18 November 2021 as a digital event. As recognised in the ICPD Programme of Action, sexual and reproductive health and rights are crucial for youth empowerment. However, young people worldwide face various structural, social and political barriers to access essential services and enjoy a level of SRHR. The upcoming Dialogue will offer a safe space to discuss challenges, opportunities and strategies for addressing young people’s SRHR. (*working title)

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That’s How it Works

The International Dialogue has become one of the main forums to discuss issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights and population dynamics. The annual two-day conference is designed as an interactive safe space to encourage the exchange of best practice, information and experience, and to facilitate and foster the networking of stakeholders in the field. Usually taking place in Berlin, the first virtual edition of the forum was organised in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the conference please click here and have a look at the upcoming and past Dialogues.

Please note that participation is by invitation only.

Natalia Kanem (UNFPA)

"Multi-stakeholder engagement is essential to accelerate progress, and I commend Germany’s leadership in creating this unique forum for discussion. The International Dialogue fosters the bold ideas, collaboration and action needed to achieve our shared goal of universal sexual and reproductive health and rights."

Natalia Kanem Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (2021)

Dr. Maria Flachsbarth

"If the targets set by the 2030 Development Agenda are to be achieved, access to sexual and reproductive health services must be guaranteed"

Dr. Maria Flachsbarth Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), 18th International Dialogue (2020)

Kate Gilmore

"We are together in our resolve to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights - no matter the circumstance, no matter the crisis, no matter the distance"

Kate Gilmore United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights & Board of Trustees for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), 18th International Dialogue (2020)

Mission and Goals

The International Dialogue aims to encourage strategic exchange between various international stakeholders from government, civil society, academia and private sectors on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and population dynamics. Thereby, it envisages to foster joint solution finding, cooperation and networking for the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

conference participants at the 17th International Dialogue in Berlin listening to the moderators
Photo: Patrick Meinhold / Bayer AG

Vision

The ID seeks to make a significant contribution to:

  • The realization and recognition of sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • The implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and the Agenda 2030

Approach

  • International, cross-regional platform
  • Safe space for exchange and networking
  • Innovative methods and interactive formats

Recap

  • Implemented since 2002
  • Advancement into a well-known and recognized platform
  • Participants from around 40 countries
  • First virtual edition in 2020: 18th International Dialogue on SRHR and COVID-19