Cairo+20 / ICPD beyond 2014

In 1994, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo, Egypt, wherein 179 governments adopted the landmark ICPD Programme of Action (POA) - a historical consensus document that signalled the end of population control and the beginning of putting emphasis on rights and choice in population and development policies. The ICPD POA brought to fore the relationship between human rights, population dynamics and economic development, and ended the era where demographic targets were the thrust of population and development policies. 
The founders of DAWN were among the activists leaders in Cairo to rally and ensure that the human rights of women and girls, with a special focus on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, be articulated in the final outcome document. DAWN had consistently taken active part in the ICPD+ 5, +10, and +15 Review Processes as well as in the annual sessions of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) tasked to monitor, review and assess the ICPD POA. DAWN’s active and sustained engagement in these processes is meant to ensure that the gains in the 1994 POA are not lost and instead, that each review process outcome document move the rights of women and young people forward. As ever, DAWN continues to be at the forefront in the ICPD Beyond 2014 Review Process (Cairo +20), as shown by the following strategic engagements of DAWN and its allies in different parts of the world.
04 Jan 2018
Presentation delivered by Cai Yiping at 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual and Health and Rights held on November 27 to 30 2017, in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
16 Aug 2016

A long, lost photo found of some of the attendees at the famous interregional meeting of around 220 women who met in Rio in January 1994 at the iconic Hotel Gloria.

24 Apr 2015

Attached are the English and Spanish versions of the Final Statement

13 Jan 2015

The official version of the UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report (A/69/700) is now available in all languages.

28 Nov 2014

As I sit down at my desk to write these thoughts, it is early in the morning of the 40th day since four year-old Anita Osebe Moi was raped and murdered in Kisii.
but do you know what he did to her?

28 Nov 2014

The aftermath of the terrible deaths of women who underwent sterilisation surgeries in Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh has been full of stories about what actually happened. Spurious drugs and an overenthusiastic doctor who cut corners on ensuring quality vie for immediate blame. Beyond these, many have spoken about pervasive biases of gender and caste that wreak havoc on the lives of poor women, and also of family planning policies and programmes that appear to have gone back to the bad old days of the Emergency. Each of these explanations has more than a grain of truth. - See more at:

23 Nov 2014

Bangladesh must have a ‘strong’ public health system to adopt the idea of universal health coverage (UHC) to protect people from slipping into poverty, Prof Gita Sen has said. “It does not mean that there will be no private system. Both should be there,” she told on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific meeting on gender equality in Bangkok

22 Nov 2014

Address by Claire Slatter on Progressing the MDGs and the Post-2014 Development Agenda. A few general points based on DAWN’s (and her own) analysis of the serious development challenges facing us globally and regionally, and of how we might work to strengthen sustainable development goals intended to address the cross-cutting issues of rights, gender and disability. Specifically, Goals 10 and 16.


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