Population is the most significant issue facing Pakistan today. The population of a country can either become an asset through effective planning and management orit cantransform itself into a severe problem causing governance, economic, political, social and environmental issues if left unchecked. In the South Asia region Bangladesh has been successful incalibrating the demographic trends and social indicators.However, Pakistan is suffering from rapid population growth which has left it vulnerable to social and economic pressures.

Being cognizant of the international obligations of Pakistan and the importance of the fundamental rights of its citizens,the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2018 took notice of the 'Alarming High Population Growth Rate in the Country' in Human RightsCase No.17599/2018andconstituteda Task Force for the purposes of developing recommendations to curb this pressing issue.Additionally, the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan in collaboration with other stakeholders organized the "NationalSymposium on AlarmingPopulation Growth in Pakistan: Call for Action" on 05.12.2018 to generate debate on the matter and to set out the course of action for tackling the same. I appreciate theefforts of the Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan and the Ministry of NHSRC in holding another national event "Resilient Pakistan: Calibrating Population and Resources" which willonce again provide an opportunity to the relevant stakeholders toreview the progress made so far, to identify the shortcomings that need to be overcome and to gather insights from national and international experts on how to proceed further.

I would also like to thank the Organizing Committee for putting together this event and extend a warm welcome to our speakers, Chairs and participants - Best wishes for an engaging event!

Umar Ata Bandial
Chief Justice of Pakistan


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Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali

President, SZABIST.

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Dr. Luay Shabaneh

Country Representative, UNFPA - Pakistan

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Mr. Rehan Iqbal

Secretary Population Welfare Department, Sindh

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Mr. Asghar Ali

Secretary Population Welfare Department, KPK.

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Mr. Ataullah Ata

Secretary Population Welfare Department, AJK

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Dr. Samukeliso Dube

Executive Director, FP2030 Secretariat, Washington DC, United States



Day 1 - 14th JULY (FRIDAY)
First Day, Friday, July 14, 2023
14:30 - 15:30 Registration
Arrival of the Hon’ble Chairman, Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan/Chief Justice of Pakistan
15:40 - 15:45 National Anthem
15:45 - 15:50 Recitation from the Holy Quran
15:50 - 16:00 Opening Ceremony:
  1. i. Secretary, Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan
  2. ii.Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination.
  3. iii. Country Director, The United Nation Population Fund-UNFPA
16:00 - 16:30 Keynote speech by HCJP (Justice for Population)
Session One: Review of the Progress after the Human Rights Case No.17599/2018
16:30 - 18:00 Plenary discussion on the progress made by Federal, Provincial department and Civil Society organization (CSO) Representative on the decision of the Council of Common Interest (CCI), Progress on Task Force Recommendations and National Population Action Plan.

Each speaker (Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Civil Society, and Federal Government) will be given 07 minutes to present achievements, gaps, challenges and the way forward on population dynamics.
Chair: Hon'ble Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
Co Chair: Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President, SZABIST
Session Two: The International Perspective on Population Growth
18:00 - 19:30 The speakers will share thoughts on regional and global perspective focusing on policies, program, strategies on population management, human capitalization, youth development, family planning and women empowerment etc. and lessons for Pakistan.
i. Professor Muhammad Jalal Abbasi, Tehran University (online)
ii. Dr. Samukeliso Dube, Executive Director, FP2030 Secretariat, Washington
iii. Monica Kerrigan, Managing Director - North America & Europe, FP 2030 (online)
iv. Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Technical Advisor, UNFPA
v. Mr. Oliver Zambuko, Officer In-charge, Partners in Population & Development. (online)
Chair: Hon'ble Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
Co-Chair: Dr. Luay Shabaneh, Country Representative, UNFPA.
20:00 Dinner
Day 2 - 15th JULY (Saturday)
Second Day, Saturday, July 15, 2023
Session Three - Demographic Trends and Implications for Pakistan
09:00 - 11.00 i. Demographic features of Pakistan – What population statistics unfold?
Speaker: Mrs. Samina A. Hasan, Executive Director-NIPS
ii. Utilizing the demographic potential: the need for structural reforms.
Speaker: Dr. Zeba Sathar (T.I.), Country Director, Population Council.
iii. Population dynamics of Pakistan: opportunity for achieving the SDGs.
Speaker: Mr. Rafiullah Kakar, Member (Social Sector & Devolution) at the Planning Commission of Pakistan
iv. High population and economic vulnerabilities of Pakistan
Speaker: Dr. Durre Nayab, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
Chair: Hon’ble Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan
Co-Chair: Dr. Sania Nishtar (Public Policy Expert)
11:00 - 11:30 Refreshment
Session Four: Pathways to Economic and Social Cohesion
11:30 - 13:00 i. Investing in the Next Generation: utilizing the youth bulge.
Speaker: Dr. Adil Najam, Dean, Boston University
ii. Social inclusion – re-aligning strategies for poverty alleviation
Speaker: Mr. Arshad Rashid, Chief Programs, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund
iii. Social Protection for balancing families
Speaker: Dr. Amjad Saqib, Akhuwat Foundation (Online participation).
iv. Growing population, climate change and lessons for Pakistan
Speaker: Mr. Amir Khan Goraya, Asst. Resident Representative, UNDP, Pakistan
Chair: Hon’ble Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan
Co-Chair: Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
Session Five: Women Rights, Empowerment and Equality.
14:00-15:30 i. Global discourse on women rights and development.
Speaker: Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, World Health Organization (WHO)
Representative and Head of WHO Mission in Pakistan
ii. Women education as transformative tool - individuals to the society.
Speaker: Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President – SZABIST
iii. Economic empowerment of women: An existential necessity.
Speaker: Ms. Fouzia Viqar, Federal Ombudsperson against Women Harassment
iv. No Exception, No Exclusion: Women reproductive health & rights
Speaker: Dr. Rubina Ali, Assistant Country Representative, UNFPA - Pakistan.
v. Women reproductive rights: silencing the myths.
Speaker: Mr. Asif Iftikhar, Teaching Fellow, LUMS
Chair: Hon’ble Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan
Co-Chair: Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Women’s Rights Activist and Former Chairperson National Commission on Status of Women
Concluding Ceremony
15:30 - 16:30 Marching Towards a Resilient Pakistan/Call for Action
Concluding Remarks: Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan
Vote of thanks: Secretary, Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan