The Post-2015 Development Agenda and a Sustainable Future

As the target date (2015) for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, the international community is working hard to reach consensus on a new development framework that responds to the opportunities and challenges of today's world. One of these key challenges is ensuring social, economic and environmental sustainability, as agreed at the Rio + 20 Summit in June 2012.

Since August 2012 the United Nations system has facilitated an unprecedented series of consultations with people the world over to seek their views on these matters.

A global conversation

This global conversation responds to a growing call for active participation in shaping the 'world we want'. So far over 200,000 people have been able to contribute to this global conversation through broad multi-stakeholder dialogues: Processes have been designed to engage with groups and communities who would not normally have access to these discussions, those who are excluded and marginalized, and with young people who will assume responsibility for the planet and its people within the lifetime of the next development agenda.

UNFPA's role

UNFPA has been directly involved in the post-2015 thematic consultations on health, population dynamics conflict and education. Meanwhile, UNFPA Regional and Country offices have been engaging actively in national and regional consultations. The aim is to ensure that the principles outlined in the International Conference on Population and Development remain at the core of future development.

UNFPA is also leading the UN mandated review of progress, gaps and new challenges in delivering on the goals of 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. The results of this review will feed into the post-2015 processes and will provide key input on how human rights, especially the rights of women, adolescents and marginalised groups can be embedded in the future development agenda The review is gathering evidence from governments and civil society using a Global Survey Tool and a series of regional and thematic conferences. Thematic conferences focus on Youth, Human Rights, and Women's Health.



Papers and Additional Resources

17 April 2014

Decision Makers, Development Experts, Lawmakers, Meet in Stockholm to Reinforce Importance of Population Issues to Future Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York — Parliamentarians and development experts from across the world will meet in Stockholm on 23 -25 April to review successes and challenges in achieving the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). They will also discuss ways to ensure that the rights of women and young people and their sexual and reproductive well-being remain a priority in any future development efforts. more
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
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
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
07 April 2014

Opening of 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development

"The ICPD Programme of Action changed forever how we perceive population and development. It moved population policies and programmes from a focus on numbers to a focus on individuals – women and men, girls and boys. And in so doing, it ensured that our collective goals included all people, particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable women and girls", said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his opening remarks to this historic session of the Commission on Population and Development. more
07 April 2014

How Has the World Changed in the Last 20 Years?

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Twenty years ago, in 1994, the international community gathered in Cairo to explore how the world was changing and how those changes were affecting the most vulnerable. Today, the world is very different. But has it changed in the ways we hoped it would? more
04 April 2014

Human Progress and Sustainability for All

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin addressed the High-Level Debate on ICPD Beyond 2014 on 4 April. In his speech he stressed that this is a crucial time in the evolution of the global development agenda. The MDGs are coming to an end, new sustainable development goals are being defined, and amidst these two processes is an ongoing agenda that is vital to both: the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. more
04 April 2014

Women, Girls Must Top Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Heads of State, dignitaries and other leaders participated today in a high-level debate at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, addressing the central role of human rights, dignity, equality and health to sustainable development. Moderated by Rajesh Mirchandani, the anchor of BBC World News, the debate focused on the progress made and challenges remaining 20 years after the historic adoption of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt. The ICPD brought the world to a consensus recognizing women and girls as individuals entitled to the same opportunities, choices and rights as men. more