In 1994, at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, 179 countries adopted a landmark 20-year Programme of Action – a bold vision that placed gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and young people, including in matters of sexuality and reproduction, at the center of population and sustainable development.
Since then, subsequent inter-governmental agreements have reaffirmed and furthered commitments on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including the Key Actions agreed at the five-year ICPD review in 1999, among others. In 2010, a UN General Assembly resolution called for an open-ended extension of the Programme of Action and a review of progress by the General Assembly in 2014.
In spite of progress over the last 20 years, millions of people, especially women and adolescent girls living in poverty, do not have their sexual and reproductive health and rights fulfilled. The work of the High-Level Task Force is to advocate for the world’s leaders to follow through with their pledges, and encourage an affirmative and forward-looking ICPD agenda that addresses critical gaps and emerging issues, and renews and expands nations’ commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, beyond the year 2014.
For UN agreements and reports related to the ICPD Beyond 2014, click here .