Countries are making real progress in carrying out a bold global action plan that links poverty alleviation
to women’s rights and universal access to reproductive health. Ten years into the new era
opened by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, the
quality and reach of family planning programmes have improved, safe motherhood and HIV prevention
efforts are being scaled up, and governments embrace the ICPD Programme of Action as an
essential blueprint for realizing development goals.