MINISTRY OF HEALTH
AND MEMBER, APCRSHR
Welcome to the Golden Land!
It is indeed a great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the ISC and on my own behalf, to our momentous occasion of 8th APCRSHR, which will be hosted by MMCWA from February 23rd through 26th, 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
It is heartening that the urgency of acting firmly for sexual and reproductive health and rights has been felt by all of us since the very first APCRSHR in 2001. Learning from the series of APCRSHR in Philippine, Thailand, Malaysia, India, China and Indonesia, Myanmar has witnessed that the declarations and specific recommendations for actions too surfaced, coupled with offers of assistance and support. Myanmar will be hosting the forthcoming conference in such an era with mounting global movement towards universal health coverage across all horizons. Way back in the years since the new millennium began with its set goals, it was crystal clear that the progress has been evidenced in many areas. However, the goals dotted as grey areas just happen to be those that are related to equity and equality for women, and that’s MDG 5, reducing maternal mortality and providing universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
While taking stock of where we have come across in advancing the global development agenda, and measuring progress on the Millennium Development Goals, we comprehend that specific obstacles continue to mystify our efforts in meeting MDG 5. It underscores that we need to boost the momentum of work and confiscate barriers to sustainable development. Another critical element is comprehensive sexuality education, which empowers young people to make healthy with informed decisions. The reproductive health and fertility decisions of the current generation of youth will determine their prospects as adults, and make sure the right course for a healthy population and economic growth for years to come. I applaud PNGOC and other esteemed organizations for leading the way in highlighting these critical issues in the previous conferences.
The Convenor, Myanmar Maternal & Child Welfare Association, a significant national NGO with treasured historical background and profound performance in helping the lives of women, children and families in Myanmar will be the focal organization to convene the conference in 2016. Especially in the time of remarkable transition of the country towards the modern, developed and disciplined democratic society, we will be trying our best to make the 8th conference a landmark and historical event. Myanmar will be welcoming you and a setting out a defining moment in 2016 at the 8thAPCRSHR.
MYANMAR MATERNAL AND
CHILD WELFARE ASSOCIATION
CONVENOR, 8th APCRSHR
NAY PYI TAW, MYANMAR
Welcome to Myanmar, the land of goodwill!
It is my great honor to welcome you on behalf of the convener (Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association) to the 8th APCRSHR, which will be held at MICC (II) Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from 23rd to 26th February. My heartfelt greetings will convey to every participant, young and energetic, old and wise attendees to the constant landmark gathering at this APCRSHR. Like all previous seven conferences held in our brother, sister Asia-Pacific countries, I am absolutely positive that this forthcoming conference will also contribute the RSHR matters to every adolescent and young people, family and even to the elderly in Asia-Pacific countries. Moreover, we hope that this conference will point out the implementation in reality of the Manila Challenge, which was the declaration of the 7th APCRSHR. The theme of 8th meeting is 'Ensuring universal access to SRHR for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific'. It is also up to all participants in this conference to focus on, reviewing the scientific and qualitative evidence, refining advocacy strategies and generating concrete plans to action across and within countries in the region.
Like all the previous conferences, the first day is especially for youth and we hope that innovative ideas and desirable best practices will come out for the betterment of the young people.
Plenary and Parallel sessions will provide the most valuable information and means and ways to overcome the obstacles in family planning and universal access to SRHR.
I am fully confident that this four day conference will be sure to benefit mankind and so we welcome you to come and participate in this great moment.