On Wednesday 23 April, The Crown Princess took part in an international parliamentary conference on population issues held at the Swedish Riksdag. The Crown Princess then held an audience with Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
This year's conference in Stockholm was the sixth such event. The aim was to follow up on the action programme for population issues adopted in Cairo in 1994. The Cairo Programme of Action promotes women's opportunities to practise family planning themselves and to prevent discrimination and violence against women, as well as strengthening women's influence.
During the opening day, speakers included Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström, Professor of International Health Hans Rosling and Baroness Jenny Tonge, President of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development & Reproductive Health.
Around 300 people from 150 different countries, including ministers, members of parliament and representatives from civil society, took part in the conference which was held on 23-25 April in Stockholm.
Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs arranged the conference in association with the Swedish Riksdag, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF). The Speaker of the Riksdag was the official host.
After the morning's conference, The Crown Princess held an audience with Babatunde Osotimehin at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.