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High-Level Continental Dialogue on  

The State of World Population (SWOP) Report 2021

My Body is My Own: Claiming the right to autonomy and self-determination.

What: High-Level Continental Dialogue on the State of the World Population Report (SWOP) 2021. 

Theme: My Body is My Own: Claiming the right to autonomy and self-determination.

When: 11 June 2021 (Virtual Meeting)

Time:  3pm-4:30pm EAT (GMT +3)/ 8am-9:30am New York time.

Where: Registration Link: 

              Livestream Link: Shared on request 

Who: Organized by UNFPA Representation Office to the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Objective: The High-Level Continental Dialogue on the theme of the 2021 SWOP Report will shine a spotlight on the global consensus that bodily autonomy is a right for everyone, and that communities and countries flourish when all people have the power to make their own informed decisions about their bodies and their futures. The dialogue will also discuss the solutions, highlighting the power to say yes, the right to say no.


  • Government Ministers and senior representatives of African Member States
  • Senior officials from UN agencies based in Addis Ababa and across the continent
  • International and Regional Organizations
  • Women and youth networks from across the continent
  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Academia


In October 2018, the first continental launch of UNFPA’s flagship report, the State of World Population (SWOP) was held in Addis Ababa led by the UNFPA’s Deputy Executive Director (Programme) and the African Union Commission’s Deputy Chairperson in the presence of the diplomatic community in Addis Ababa, international development partners, civil society representatives, and other key stakeholders. In 2019, a continental commemoration around the 25th anniversary of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) focused on Unfinished Business, the 2019 theme of the State of the World’s Population Report and was led by the Executive Director of UNFPA and the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. These continental events have provided an important platform to disseminate the report and show at a very high level, the leadership and political pull of UNFPA on issues of population and development in Africa.

In view of the prevailing circumstances occasioned by the COVID19 pandemic, and following the global launch of the 2021 State of World Population (SWOP) in April, a High Level Continental Dialogue on the report theme, “My Body is My Own: Claiming the right to autonomy and self-determination”, will be held virtually, via UNFPA’s Zoom channel.

Media professionals are invited to attend and cover the event. 

Simultaneous English/French/Portuguese/Arabic interpretation will be available.


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Daisy Leoncio: 

Jacob Enoh Eben:

Samir Aldarabi:

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