ESCAP discusses reproductive health in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have met to address concerns related to reproductive health, gender equality and population concerns.

At the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference Plan of Action on Population and Poverty meeting, ESCAP found that more steps are needed due to the global economic crisis and the impact it has had on the poorer countries in the world.

Experts discussed women's empowerment, reproductive health, population and poverty and HIV/Aids throughout Asia and the Pacific regions.

Thelma Kay, director of the social development division for ESCAP, said the "strategies and actions" are "crucial for the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals".

She added: "The goals are too important and their implications too far-reaching for the well-being of humanity to be disputed or neglected - especially now that the global economic crisis threatens to unravel much of the progress accomplished."

The United Nations Population Fund recently worked with government agencies to help pregnant women forced to move to emergency shelters and left without water by an earthquake in Costa Rica during January.