In the News

01 May 2012

The Road to Rio Goes Through Cairo

UNITED NATIONS, New York - UNFPA rightly believes the road to Rio goes via Cairo - and that sustainable development and population are inextricably linked.

So when the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as the Rio+20 summit) takes place in Brazil in June, a strong underlying theme will be the human factor, as spelled out in the Programme of Action adopted at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in the Egyptian capital.

"Development has to serve people, and a sustainable development agenda must consider people," says Michael Herrmann, economics adviser with UNFPA, and member of the U.N. Lead Economist Network.

An agenda that does not take account of people - their numbers, locations and age structures, as well as their living conditions, ambitions and oppo

Read the full interview by IPS U.N. Bureau Chief Thalif Deen with Michael Herrman of UNFPA.