Based on the close linkages between population issues and national development concerns, Princess Basma initiated in 1988 a proposal to the government to establish the Jordanian National Population Commission (JNPC), which was adopted immediately, including a General Secretariat hosted by JOHUD.
In 1994, Princess Basma initiated a re-organisation of the JNPC and with enhanced efforts the launch of Jordan′s first National Population Strategy was introduced in 1996. This strategy was ratified by the government and JNPC was officially assigned as the national focal point and coordinating body for all population related programmes and information.
Princess Basma is keen on strengthening cooperation and coordination with regional and international bodies concerned with population issues; as a result, in 2001 the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) appointed Princess Basma as Goodwill Ambassador. She is also the Honorary President of the Jordanian Association for Family Planning and Protection, a local NGO affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
In December 2002, with the culmination of its expanded role and responsibilities, JNPC was renamed The Higher Population Council (HPC). Headed by the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, HPC is empowered with the authority to direct national efforts to achieve sustainable development by striving to create a balance between population and growth, as well as social and economic resources.
Her Royal Highness continues to oversee all HPC activities and progresses made and continuously underlines the important role youth play in bringing about sustainable development through the achievement of and investment in the Demographic Opportunity as they are a core component of its polices. The Princess has emphasized that understanding and preparing for the Demographic Opportunity is key in reaching smaller dependency ratio (ratio of dependents to working-age population), and therefore a demographic potential for high economic growth, as favorable dependency ratios tend to boost economic and social development progress.
Each year, the HPC in cooperation with the UNFPA celebrate World Population Day and take the opportunity to highlight the latest population issues facing Jordan while announcing its most recent statistics.
The Higher Population Council actively promotes development programs designed to achieve an equitable balance between the country’s resources and people’s needs... Ultimately, it is by enhancing human capabilities that the overall goals of progress and development can be achieved.