The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the promise

13 November 2019 - 15 November 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

Around the world, crisis, poverty and discrimination continue to put basic sexual and reproductive health care out of reach for far too many women and girls. © UNFPA Bangladesh/Naymuzzaman Prince
Around the world, crisis, poverty and discrimination continue to put basic sexual and reproductive health care out of reach for far too many women and girls. © UNFPA Bangladesh/Naymuzzaman Prince

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ground breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place in Cairo in 1994. At that conference, 179 countries adopted a Programme of Action, recognizing that reproductive health, women's empowerment and gender equality are the pathway to sustainable development. 

Today, the world is aiming to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and universal sexual and reproductive health is central to much of this agenda – ending poverty, security good health and well-being, realizing gender equality and achieving sustainable communities, among many other goals. Urgent and sustained efforts to realize reproductive health and rights are crucial. 

UNFPA and the Government of Kenya are convening a high-level conference to advance the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. The conference will offer an inclusive platform, bringing together governments, UN agencies, civil society, private sector organizations, women’s groups and youth networks to discuss and agree on actions to accelerate the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action.  

“As we celebrate the remarkable progress we have made in advancing the health and rights of women, we must redouble our efforts to reach those who have not yet benefited from the promise of the ICPD,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director. “The Nairobi Summit will help us rally a broad coalition of stakeholders to protect the gains made and advance the ICPD agenda to ensure that no one is left behind.”

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