South Africa is committed to work with countries of the South to address the challenges they face, said a South African government official on Monday.
The Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu said this in Johannesburg at a seminar to prepare for the upcoming summit of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) in Kenya.
“Political will should be at the center of what we do. We are participating to build a better world for us all. Through advocacy, policy dialogue, exchange of information, best practices, research, training and technical cooperation, member countries assist each other to implement the ICDP program of action,” said Zulu.
She pointed out that policies which countries put in place must have a direct impact on the lives of the people.
Julitta Onabanjo, the UNFPA regional director of Eastern and Southern Africa, said South Africa should share their knowledge in good and reliable data on population matters with others in the continent. She pointed out that South-South cooperation have helped many countries to improve on various sectors like climate resilience and universal access to health.
Onabanjo said, “this cooperation should continue to grow and be more structured. We have collaborated in the Global South with China on population expertise, Brazil on universal health access. If you do not collaborate you cannot develop.”
Lebo Lebese, chief director of International Health Development and Support in the Department of Health, said South Africa have benefited from the South-South cooperation. She said the country have sent students to train as doctors in Cuba and have also received Cuban doctors who have been deployed in the rural areas.
The United Nations coordinated ICDP in 1994. It articulated a bold new vision about the relationships between population, development and individual well-being. Enditem