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Indonesia Getting Ready for Family Planning Conference in Bali


MAY 26, 2015

Jakarta. Indonesia is starting preparations for the fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) that will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12, a minister said on Tuesday.

ICFP is an international event aimed at boosting commitment to and knowledge of family planning.

Indonesia's coordinating minister for human and cultural development, Puan Maharani, said that she would meet with the National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN) — a co-host of the event — as part of the preparations for the conference.

The event is also co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

The conference is expected to attract more than 3,500 participants, said a statement on the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute website. Nearly 2,100 individual and panel abstracts were submitted for consideration this year, more than ever, the statement added.

Jakarta earlier this month launched its own family-planning initiative to curb population growth.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, has a population of nearly 250 million, according to to the World Bank. Almost half of the population lives in urban areas.

The population of the Greater Jakarta area increased to 27.9 million in 2010, Indonesia’s last census showed. The area’s growth rate was more than double the national average between 2000 and 2010.

However, Indonesia as a whole halved its fertility rate in the past 30 years, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It was 2.37 births per woman in 2012, according to World Bank data.