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Global Alliances for the International Conference on Population and Development

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The programme „Global Alliances for the ICPD” aims at enhancing cross-regional alliances for the promotion of the human rights-based and gender-sensitive goals of the Cairo Programme of Action that was adopted at International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994.

Demographic megatrends such as population growth, ageing, youth bulge, migration and urbanisation pose mounting challenges for most of German Development Cooperation’s partner countries.

These issues were already discussed in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, where 179 countries adopted the landmark Cairo Programme of Action (PoA). The PoA recognised for the first time the right of every individual to sexual and re-productive health and calls for sustainable, rights-based and gender-sensitive policies. Many of the key themes from Cairo – such as sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), comprehensive sexuality education and safe abortion – are still controversial at the international negotiating table.

Cross-country and cross-regional support at the international level are crucial for advancing the PoA’s objectives. This is why the programme „Global Alliances for the ICPD” aims at enhancing cross-regional alliances and networks for their promotion. The programme is implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ. Its activities include:

  • Building alliances with like-minded governments in order to coordinate strategy, develop common positions and represent these jointly at the international level
  • Co-funding international advocacy and research platforms like the High Level Task Force for ICPD and the Guttmacher-Lancet-Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Post-2015 World
  • Building alliances and networks to mobilise support for the Cairo PoA in Africa and Asia, especially by providing financial support to regional networks of non-governmental organisations and parliamentarians. Network members will be strengthened in their advocacy activities so that they can make a vital contribution to positioning their governments on the issues of SRHR and population dynamics.

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