World Youth Alliance staff and members attended the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit on November 12-14. The Summit was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population & Development (ICPD). The ICPD was a major international conference held in Cairo in 1994.
At the conference, the international community shifted its development focus from population control to reproductive health. However, despite the shift, a lot of development efforts remain focused on reducing fertility as way to promote development. (Learn why population control and fertility targets do not promote development in WYA’s Sustainable Development white paper available here).
The ICPD Programme of Action (PoA) also struck a careful balance related to abortion: despite significant pressure from developed countries to promote a human right to abortion (as “reproductive rights), the PoA described abortion as something to be avoided, and recognized that each country has the right to set its own laws related to abortion, without outside interference. (Learn more about ICPD in WYA’s white paper on Reproductive Health.)
In spite of this, much of development policy and aid funding since 1994 has focused on reducing fertility and promoting abortion. The Commission on Population & Development, held in April of this year, also commemorated the 25th anniversary of the ICPD, but only issued a short statement. The Nairobi Summit, held outside UN premises, and secretive preparations, seemed designed to go beyond the original ICPD consensus, and it did. WYA’s attendees found that the Summit did not represent the delicate balance of views the original ICPD did, instead focusing heavily on abortion, comprehensive sexuality education, and increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate (even though its use should be a personal decision).
We’re compiling our coverage and information here, starting with information about the conference, as well as highlights from each day. Read more below!
Where is WYA: Nairobi Summit Edition
Click here to learn more about what the Nairobi Summit is, why WYA attended, and what our goals were for the event.
Nairobi Dispatches: Day 1 Opening Ceremony
Read about the first day, particularly the Opening Ceremony, as well as some of the specialized sessions the WYA team attended. Click here to read more.
Nairobi Dispatches: Day 2 Recap
Learn about the second day of events at ICPD, including specialized sessions and commitment statements by several countries. Click here to read more.
Nairobi Dispatches: Day 3 The Conference Concludes
The conference concluded with more events focused on sexual and reproductive health rights, some bold country statements, and a jubilant closing ceremony. Click here to read more.
WYA is continuing to update and expand its coverage of the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit. Check back for more information!