ICPD at 25 years: time to expand the agenda

The Lancet
Nov 09, 2019 Volume 394 Number 10210 p1685-1778, e35


ICPD at 25 years: time to expand the agenda
The Lancet
In September, 1994, 11 000 delegates from governments, the UN, non-governmental organisations, and media gathered in Cairo, Egypt, for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). This event was transformative for the reproductive health and rights community. The global consensus that emerged in Cairo—manifested in the ICPD Programme of Action adopted by 179 countries—shifted the focus of the development agenda away from demographics towards sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing, individual rights, and gender equality. 25 years on, the community will reconvene in Nairobi, Kenya, on Nov 12–14, to review progress and accelerate the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action…