Mr. Muhammad Razzaque
It is a matter of tremendous pleasure for me to be elected as the President of Rahnuma-FPAP for its re-constituted Board of Governance (BOG) for the next two years when Pakistan (5th largest country in the World) is witnessing its rapid population growth surpassing all previous projections and estimates as this has been reflected in the provisional figures from ongoing National Population Census 2023.
I hoped that this census will provide a basis for the paradoxical analysis of our various demographic factors which are impeding our overall socioeconomic development. Pakistan has recently adopted a very innovative and reality based National Narrative for Population “Balance is Better” encompassing its foundation from the Islamic concept of Balance or Twazun in every sphere of life including family.
Recently the global community reinvigorated and strengthened its commitment to population stabilization while adopting the FP 2030 Commitments. The government of Pakistan has committed to incorporating these commitments into its national population discourse and National Population Action Plans. Rahnuma-FPAP being a leading advocate and pioneer of FP&RH remained engaged with all stakeholders at the federal and provincial/ regional levels through networking and coalition formation to build momentum for greater political ownership of FP 2030 and its realignment with National Population Action plans. We being an active member and CSO Focal Point of Pakistan FP 2030 Country Engagement Working Group (CEWG) Government of Pakistan and member of all FP 2030 Provincial Working Groups (Sindh, Punjab, KP and Balochistan) provided valuable insight and accountability on FP 2030 related targets/ indicators.
Being President of one the largest and oldest organization which is pioneer of FP&RH in Pakistan I solemnly pledge that will put all my energies and capabilities to further enhance and scale up population related issues at all levels while showcasing organizational thematic focus and strategic image. I may reiterate that Rahnuma-FPAP members need to be prepared to deal with new challenges facing our population landscape to transform these challenges into opportunities and strategic milestones to improve the well-being of all segments of society and ensure equitable empowerment and development of marginalized and vulnerable people at large.