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ROUNDTABLE ON WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVES ON FAMILY PLANNING, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

A number of governments raised the need for further dialogue on some of the most critical issues to be discussed at the 1994 Conference. As a result, the ICPD Secretary-General is convening a series of five roundtable discussions, in cooperation with Governments that have offered to host the meetings. The first of these roundtables addressed Women's Perspectives on Family Planning, Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Ottawa, Canada from 26-27 August 1993. The meeting, sponsored by UNFPA and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), focused on four areas of concern: women, human rights and reproductive rights; contraceptive research and development -- a woman-centered approach; family planning service delivery; and men and family planning -- their roles, responsibilities and concerns. There were 25 participants from both developed and developing countries. The participants at the roundtable made the following recommendations to the ICPD and policy makers everywhere:

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