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Compendium of recommendations on population and development

Regional conferences on population and development held in preparation for the review of the programme of action of the international conference on population and development beyond 2014 (Volume II)

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The Compendium of Recommendations on Population and Development: Regional Conferences on Population and Development Held in Preparation for the Review of the ICPD Programme of Action beyond 2014 (Volume II) provides recommendations emanating from recent outcome documents of five regional conferences on population and development convened by the Regional Commissions in preparation for the special session of the General Assembly on 22 September 2014 on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development beyond 2014. The special session will mark the 20-year anniversary of the Programme of Action, and the Compendium will be an important and highly visible contribution to the event, informing Member States and the global public now and in the future.

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Introduction

The International Conference on Population and Development took place in Cairo, Egypt, from 5 to 13 September 1994. Preceded by population conferences in Bucharest (1974) and Mexico City (1984), it was the third high-level intergovernmental meeting on population to be organized by the United Nations, and also the largest and most recent. A total of 179 countries adopted the Cairo Programme of Action, a document that put people at the centre of the debate over sustainable development and offered a road map of practical policies and programmatic actions covering a wide array of population and development issues. Mandated by Economic and Social Council resolution 1991/93 of 26 July 1991, and in preparation for the Cairo Conference, the United Nations regional commissions had organized meetings and conferences, both to review population policies and programmes in their respective regions and to propose future action.

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