RUNIC Press Release
20 April 2004


UNFPA Executive Director, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid,
to visit Belgium, the EU and the ACP (22 – 23 April 2004)


BRUSSELS, 20 April – Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, will visit Brussels for deliberations with high-level officials of the Belgian Government, the Africa, Pacific and Caribbean Group of States (ACP) and the European Union.

The purpose of her 22-23 April mission is to discuss how to further enhance development cooperation in the field of population and reproductive health with the Government of Belgium, the ACP Group of States and the European Commission. Their discussions will include preparations to mark the tenth anniversary of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and underline the importance of UNFPA’s action against obstetric fistula, one of the most devastating pregnancy-related illnesses.

On the Belgian side, Ms. Obaid will have an audience with Her Royal Highness, Princess Mathilde. She will also meet Marc Verwilghen, the Minister for Development Cooperation and have a working lunch with some Belgian parliamentarians [yet to be confirmed].

The UNFPA Executive Director will then meet with Poul Nielson, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, as well with Koos Richelle, the Director-General of DG Development.

Ms. Obaid will also hold deliberations with Jaques Obia, the Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors of the ACP Group and Ambassador of the Republic of Congo.

Before leaving Brussels, she will also meet with heads of United Nations agencies.

For further information and to arrange interviews, please contact:. Mr. Hedi Jemiai Representative UNFPA Brussels Liaison Office (02-550.18.31) or Jean- Luc Onckelinx, Information Officer RUNIC (0476/215.485)


ICPD + 10: link to the UNFPA site.
Fistula: link to the UNFPA site.

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