ISLAMABAD - The civil society on Tuesday demanded of the government to allocate sufficient resources for achieving the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) goals by the target year 2015. Global Partners in Action: NGO Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development will be commencing a 3-day conference from tomorrow (i.e. September 2, 2009) in Berlin, Germany with the aim to strengthen NGOs working in partnership to advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for sustainable development in an uncertain and interdependent world. The Government of Germany and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are the co-hosts of this forum, which is being held in connection with the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The Berlin conference, which will be attended by over 400 participants from all across the globe, will also be represented by a young Pakistani delegation. The young leaders participating from Pakistan will be presenting the Call to Action devised at the conclusion of National Youth Forum on ICPD+15, which was recently held under the auspicious of World Population Foundation (WPF), Pakistan. The Call to Action among other things calls upon the government to extend maximum support to young individuals and youth networks for their meaningful participation at all levels; provide information and health care services related to SRHR; ensure access to Reproductive Health through Primary Health Care (PHC) such as RH education, family planning counseling, safe delivery services, post-natal and safe abortion services to the women population in Pakistan and achieve reduction in infant and maternal mortality. The Call to Action also demands for integration of life skills based education in national curricula and introduction of reproductive health education in textbooks at the middle and High school level. Finally, the document outlines the need for strong monitoring systems to review and ensure the progress of ICPD Plan of Action. International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was a milestone in the history of population and development. In 1994, United Nations member states met to consider the broad issues of and interrelationships between population, sustained economic growth, health, education, economic status and empowerment of women. Some 179 countries agreed that population and development are strongly linked and that empowering women and meeting peoples needs for education and health, including reproductive health are necessary for both individual and national development. However, 15 years down the lane, the underprivileged South, including Pakistan is still struggling to meet the targets set in 1994. It is unfortunately not merely a question of scarce resources but also that of political will to implement ICPD in letter and spirit. Accordingly, Pakistan, being an integral part of the global system requires not only international support in its efforts to fulfill its global pledges but also needs to work ahead with augmented commitment. Thus, the Call to Action not merely identifies areas that require Governments immediate attention but also demands mechanisms of accountability to ensure unhindered progress.