Regional Conference on Population and Development in the Arab States

24 June 2013 - 26 June 2013

Cairo, Egypt

Development Challenges and Population Dynamics in a Changing Arab World

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development  (ICPD), more than 350 delegates from across the Arab region returned to Cairo, where the ICPD was convened in 1994, to review its Programme of Action and chart the Arab population and development agenda beyond 2014.

The conference, held under the theme, Development Challenges and Population Dynamics in a Changing Arab World, was organized by the League of Arab States (LAS), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in addition to UNFPA.

Government officials, representatives of civil society organizations, academia, youth and women's groups, development partners and leading population experts reviewed the state of population and development issues in the Arab region. They agreed on the Cairo Declaration statement of commitment on population and development beyond 2014, which fed into the ICPD Beyond 2014 Review Process and discussions on the development agenda to follow the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. 

UNFPA News and Statements:

Governments, Civil Society, Experts Return to Cairo to Chart Arab Population and Development Agenda Beyond 2014 

Opening Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin






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