Commission on Population and Development

From 7 to 11 April 2014, the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. This year’s session will focus on assessing the progress made in implementing the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

It has been 20 years since the ICPD Programme of Action called for gender equality, equal access to education, universal family planning, sexual and reproductive health services, and other ways for governments to address population growth while supporting human rights and sustainable development.

In February, the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report was released, revealing how much progress has been made and the significant work that remains to be done. The actions and recommendations identified in the report will be crucial for achieving the goals of the ICPD Programme of Action and its linkage with the post-2015 development agenda. The report will form the basis for discussions during the Commission. The 47th session of the CPD will help chart a path forward, ensuring human rights – particularly women’s rights, health and equality – are placed at the heart of global development.

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15 April 2014

Harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The growing number of young people in Africa could offer enormous potential gains to the continent, but only if their needs are met and their rights are fulfilled. This was the central message of leaders and public health experts at an 11 April meeting on Africa’s ‘demographic dividend’ at the United Nations Headquarters. more
14 April 2014

Conclusions of the 2014 Commission on Population and Development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes the conclusions of the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development, which reaffirmed the groundbreaking and forward-looking Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). more
13 April 2014

Making Youth Participation a Reality

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Youth participants took centre stage at a side event of the UN Commission on Population and Development where they joined international leaders and experts to discuss how young people can be actively engaged to fulfil the Cairo agenda, the visionary and groundbreaking Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) 20 years ago. more
11 April 2014

UNFPA hosts Google Hangout on adolescents, young people at Commission on Population and Development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – On Friday 11 April, from 12pm until 1pm, UNFPA, the UN Population Fund, is hosting a “Google Hangout” on a vital – and yet too often neglected – area of action: adolescents and young people. more
10 April 2014

Human Rights Essential to Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Human rights violations are one of the main challenges to achieving equitable, universal and sustainable access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, according to international experts gathered at a side event of the UN Commission on Population and Development. more
09 April 2014

Mapping a Sustainable Development Agenda for the 21st Century

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Twenty years ago in Cairo, the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) articulated a bold new vision that recognized the human rights of women and young people, including their reproductive health and rights, as cornerstones of sustainable development. This week, representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gather at the United Nations to celebrate the vision of Cairo, take stock of progress made, and lay the groundwork for the future development agenda. more
08 April 2014

Midwives are Key to Fewer Maternal Deaths

UNITED NATIONS, New York – At a side event of the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, leaders and experts highlighted the key role of midwifery in drastically decreasing maternal deaths and providing crucial services for societies as a whole. more
08 April 2014

The World Must Reach Those Left Behind

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The 2014 Session of the Commission on Population and Development opened on 7 April with calls to redouble efforts to promote development through strengthened reproductive health and human rights. more