Major traffic in Nairobi as ICPD hosts over 6,000 world leaders


Major traffic in Nairobi as ICPD hosts over 6,000 world leaders

Nairobi will this week be hosting 6,000 world leaders for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

Ambassador Macharia Kamau, the Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said they include top government officials including Heads of State, parliamentarians and representatives from NGOs.

“Kenya will be front and centre of this watershed moment for women and girls everywhere,” he said.

The conference will run from Tuesday, November 12 to Thursday, November 14.

Reports indicate that the following roads will be affected by movement of dignitaries from their hotels to the KICC where the summit is taking place:

  • Kiambu Road
  • Mombasa Road
  • Waiyaki Way
  • Kenyatta Avenue
  • Upper Hill
  • Statehouse Road
  • Valley Road
  • Langata Road
  • Thika Road

The Nairobi summit takes place 25 years after the groundbreaking ICPD where 179 governments called for the empowerment of women and girls in all spheres of their lives, including in areas regarding sexual and reproductive health.

The governments of Kenya and Denmark and UNFPA are convening the summit, which is also receiving financial or in-kind support from other governments and private partner organizations.

On Tuesday, motorists in Nairobi who were unaware of the summit complained of being held up in traffic for several hours.

I’ve been in traffic for 3hours and moved less then 30km. What is Nairobi traffic,” Shirlyn Ndungu said.

Lizz Gitau added: “It is great to host ICPD25 ,all Nairobi county needed to do is ensure Nairobians are well informed of the traffic inconvenience and road closures by having notices on all roads and give alternative routes..I hope you’ll do something.”

Leaders at the summit are expected to announce financial and programmatic commitments, policies and other initiatives with a view to achieving all the goals laid out in the ICPD in 1994.

The conference will focus on five main issues including sexual and reproductive health as part of universal health coverage; the funding required to realize all goals of the ICPD’s Programme of Action and demographic diversity.

It will also focus on the power to drive economic growth and sustainable development, measures to end gender-based violence and harmful practices, and the right to sexual and reproductive health care, even in humanitarian and fragile contexts.

Discussions at the summit are also expected to highlight the power of gender equality, youth leadership, political and community leadership, innovation and data, and partnerships to accelerate change.

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