High-Level Task Force For ICPD Releases: Policy Recommendations for ICPD Beyond 2014: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All

 

The visionary and groundbreaking Programme of Action adopted by 179 governments at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994 placed the human rights of women, including their reproductive rights and health, at the center of population and sustainable development. Nearly twenty years later, the urgency and relevance of ensuring full implementation of the Cairo goals still stand. 

The Programme of Action has inspired policies and programmes in many countries that have improved millions of lives, but critical gaps and emerging issues that perpetuate discrimination, exclusion and inequality remain 
unresolved. Forging a forward-looking agenda for the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all is paramount to securing the human rights and dignity, freedoms and well-being of individuals, families, communities and nations across the world. Failure to accelerate implementation and move forward on the ICPD promise continues to undermine efforts to reduce poverty and achieve equitable social, economic and environmental development. 

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