About ICPD Beyond 2014

The ICPD Beyond 2014 Review provided  a once in a generation opportunity for governments, civil society and UN partners to  review the progress, gaps and emerging challenges in the delivery of promises made, twenty years ago at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.

There, in 1994, 179 governments agreed that the proper focus of population policy should be on the quality of peoples' lives, not the quantity of people in the world.

They committed to a sustainable development policy that would provide everyone, but especially women and girls, with environments in which they could make free and informed decisions about their lives and family formation. With the ICPD Programme of Action they set out a 20 year plan to deliver on that vision.

In September 2014, governments gathered again at the United Nations General Assembly to review the findings of a three year comprehensive review of data on progress, gaps and challenges in delivering the commitments set out in the ICPD Programme of Action. At a special session of the United Nations General Assembly, they reaffirmed their their original vision and signed up to new Framework for Action that would deliver the vision of the ICPD in the context of 21st Century challenges and opportunities.

The ICPD Beyond 2014 Framework of Action provides a forward looking agenda for governments and communities, based on robust and comprehensive data gathered from governments, civil society, UN system and global partners that identifies what needs to be done to deliver a world of equality of opportunity and freedom to all of the 7 billion people - and more - who share it.

Background to the process of the ICPD beyond 2014 review



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