United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS)

September 18, 2014

Monday 22 September 2014, world leaders unite for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) to discuss the progress and achievements of the goals set out in the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) twenty years ago.  In 1994, 179 governments convened in Cairo to reach a remarkable consensus: investing in the dignity, equality, and human rights of every individual ultimately leads to sustainable development. This is reflected in the forward-looking Programme of Action and reaffirmed in the Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014.

The Special Session, which begins at 1pm, will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the 69th United Nations General Assembly. The session is restricted, however, the public can view the Special Session streaming live online via UN WebTV.

The Special Session provides a crucial opportunity for world leaders to pronounce themselves at the highest political level on the key issues identified in the findings and recommendations of the operational review found in the Secretary-General’s report A/69/62: “Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014” to the Special Session, as well as in the Secretary-General’s Index Report on the key issues identified by member states in the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 47), and to reaffirm support for the ICPD agenda beyond 2014.

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