The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) is a network established in 1981 at the Asian Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development held in Beijing to promote the involvement of lawmakers in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing population and development issues.

AFPPD envisions a world where demographic changes and population issues are taken into account in planning for sustainable development. In AFPPD’s vision, women and girls have equal rights and opportunities, and can enjoy a safe, healthy and dignified life throughout their life cycle, where they have access to sexual and reproductive health information, education, and services. AFPPD’s Strategic Framework for 2016 – 2019 has three crucial strategic priorities: gender equality and women’s empowerment, investing in youth and active ageing.

AFPPD aims to realize its vision through parliamentary work by

  • a) advocating for and formulating/amending policies and legislation that promote reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, investing in youth, active ageing, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and other population and development issues;
  • b) holding governments accountable for their commitments and implementation; and
  • c) advocating for increased financial resources in these areas.

AFPPD is governed by the General Assembly; managed by the Executive Committee; advised by three Standing Committees on its strategic priorities; and supported by the Secretariat located in Bangkok, Thailand. As of 2016, AFPPD consists of 29 member National Committees of parliamentarians on population and development in Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, and Vietnam.

AFPPD provides capacity development support to its members, facilitating their networking at the national, regional and global levels. In particular, AFPPD promotes regional collaboration to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as to implement the 1994 Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD PoA) and the ICPD Beyond 2014. AFPPD has been registered as an international non-governmental organization with the Ministry of Labour, Government of Thailand since October 1994. As a recipient of the 2010 UN Population Award, AFPPD has the highest consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Updated 15 December 2016