UN Extends ICPD Programme of Action Beyond 2014

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Follow up to the ICPD Beyond 2014, entitled, “Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields”.

The resolution, introduced by Yemen, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, extends the ICPD Programme of Action and the Key Actions for the Further Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action beyond 2014, when the Programme was technically to come to an end. It also called on governments to recommit themselves to achieving the goals and objectives of the Programme of Action, agreed on by 179 countries in Cairo in 1994. The extension comes with no end date for the PoA.

In the adopted resolution, the General Assembly among others, decided to:

  • convene a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) during its 69th session in 2014 to assess the status of implementation of the PoA and to renew political support for actions required for the full achievement of its goals and objectives;
  • reaffirm that the special session will be undertaken on the basis of and with full respect for the PoA and that there will be no renegotiation of the existing agreements contained in the PoA; and,
  • call upon the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to undertake an operational review of the implementation of the PoA on the basis of the highest quality data and analysis of the state of population and development. The Secretary-General would submit a report based on this review to the Commission on Population and Development at its 47th session in 2014 as well as to the UNGASS.

“While much has been accomplished to implement the consensus agreement and reach the ICPD goals to reduce maternal and child death and achieve universal education and universal access to reproductive health by 2015, much remains to be done to implement this unfinished agenda,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid.

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