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UN Special Session to focus on population and development

September 22, 2014 - UN

The United Nations General Assembly holds a Special Session to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.

The organizers say the aim is to "heighten focus on the goals established in the 1994 Programme of Action, stimulate discussion around what we will do to complete the unfinished agenda, re-engage on commitments already made and also push for more." The session is likely to see a few heads of state. Population experts at the session will call for sexual and reproductive health to be given significant recognition in the formulation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 149 targets that world leaders will vote on at a United Nations summit in September 2015. The SDGs will replace the expiring eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), commitments adopted in September 2000 at what has been described as the largest gathering of world leaders in history.

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ICPD -- International Conference on Population and Development

Date written/update: 2014-07-24