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International Survey on the implementation of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and its follow-up

In the year 2014, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo, Egypt, in September 1994, will take place 20 years later. On that occasion, the countries approved the Program Which contains a set of objectives and targets relating to key population and development issues for a period of 20 years.

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of that conference, the United Nations General Assembly arranged for a follow-up to the ICPD Program of Action. In its resolution 65/234 on this subject, the General Assembly noted the existence of significant implementation gaps in various areas of the Cairo Program of Action. It also recognized that many countries may not meet the proposed targets and targets for 2014, which should continue to be in force after that date. In this regard, the General Assembly decided to extend the Program of Action and key actions for its implementation until after 2014, and to ensure its follow-up in order to fully achieve its goals and objectives.

The resolution commissioned the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in cooperation with relevant organizations of the United Nations system, other international organizations, institutions and experts, to undertake an operational review of the implementation of the ICPD Program of Action 20 years after its approval on the basis of data and analysis of the highest quality, taking into account the need for a systematic, comprehensive and integrated approach to population and development.

In this context, UNFPA – in collaboration with other organizations of the United Nations system – developed the Global Survey Cool on the implementation of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and its follow-up after 2014 as one of the instruments To review the implementation of the ICPD Program of Action.

With the information obtained, ECLAC will prepare a regional report that will be presented and discussed with the countries at a regional conference to be held in Montevideo in August 2013. Subsequently, this regional report will be incorporated into a global report to be presented to The Commission on Population and Development and then to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2014.