World Leaders to Reaffirm Support for International Vision for Health, Human Rights, and Development

October 7, 2004


Megan Rabbitt

On the eve of the United Nations General Assembly session reviewing progress in the 10 years since the historic International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a diverse cross-section of global leaders will release a major statement reaffirming the ICPD action plan and urging its full implementation in the next 10 years as part of the effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The far-reaching ICPD Programme of Action agreed to in Cairo, Egypt in 1994 helped pave the way to the MDGs by setting clear, achievable targets related to sexual and reproductive health for all, including family planning; safe motherhood; treatment and prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS; reproductive rights; environmental protection; basic education; human rights; and women’s empowerment.

The World Leaders Statement has been signed by an impressive array of current and former government leaders, Nobel Laureates, scientists, religious officials, youth, and business people. The Statement is a short but strong reaffirmation of the ICPD’s vision for economic, social, and environmental progress for all of the world’s people. The World Leaders Statement is a project of the Summit and United Nations Foundations.


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