The Post-2015 Development Agenda and a Sustainable Future

As the target date (2015) for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, the international community is working hard to reach consensus on a new development framework that responds to the opportunities and challenges of today's world. One of these key challenges is ensuring social, economic and environmental sustainability, as agreed at the Rio + 20 Summit in June 2012.

Since August 2012 the United Nations system has facilitated an unprecedented series of consultations with people the world over to seek their views on these matters.

A global conversation

This global conversation responds to a growing call for active participation in shaping the 'world we want'. So far over 200,000 people have been able to contribute to this global conversation through broad multi-stakeholder dialogues: Processes have been designed to engage with groups and communities who would not normally have access to these discussions, those who are excluded and marginalized, and with young people who will assume responsibility for the planet and its people within the lifetime of the next development agenda.

UNFPA's role

UNFPA has been directly involved in the post-2015 thematic consultations on health, population dynamics conflict and education. Meanwhile, UNFPA Regional and Country offices have been engaging actively in national and regional consultations. The aim is to ensure that the principles outlined in the International Conference on Population and Development remain at the core of future development.

UNFPA is also leading the UN mandated review of progress, gaps and new challenges in delivering on the goals of 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. The results of this review will feed into the post-2015 processes and will provide key input on how human rights, especially the rights of women, adolescents and marginalised groups can be embedded in the future development agenda The review is gathering evidence from governments and civil society using a Global Survey Tool and a series of regional and thematic conferences. Thematic conferences focus on Youth, Human Rights, and Women's Health.



Papers and Additional Resources

01 October 2014

Executive Director's Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Older Persons

On this 24th International Day of Older Persons, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, joins the worldwide celebration of longevity and acknowledges the contributions that older persons make to their families, communities and societies. We celebrate the fact that more people are living longer and healthier lives. This is due to improvements in nutrition, sanitation, medical science, health care, education and economic well-being. more
22 September 2014

Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the Follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development

Over the past 20 years, we have seen the rise of hundreds of millions out of poverty, gender parity in primary education, fewer women dying giving life and more women in the workforce. These advances show just how powerful development founded on dignity and human rights can be. But we still have a long way to go. more
22 September 2014

World Leaders Commit to Intensify Efforts to Realize Women’s Health, Rights, Equality

UNITED NATIONS, New York—More than 120 presidents, heads of government, ministers and high officials from around the world today reaffirmed their countries’ strong political support to the historic International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). more
22 September 2014

Human rights, dignity must form cornerstone of future sustainable development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “We cannot talk about sustainable development without addressing women’s empowerment, gender inequality, and discrimination and violence,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “We cannot talk about sustainable development without ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all.” These remarks set the tone of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York. more
15 September 2014

UNFPA to Promote Rights of Women, Young People, as World Marks 1994 Cairo Population Conference during UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS, New York—The health and rights of women and young people, particularly girls, will be the focus of various events that will be held during the 69th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly, which starts here tomorrow. more
15 May 2014

Statement on the International Day of Families

Twenty years ago, at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development, the world community recognized that families, in their various forms, should be strengthened and enjoy comprehensive protection and support. As we prepare a roadmap for development beyond 2015, it is particularly fitting that the theme of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family is “Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals”. more
30 April 2014

260 parliamentarians from 6 continents reaffirm strong support for population, development agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 28 April 2014 – At the sixth global parliamentarians’ conference on population and development, held in Stockholm from 23 to 25 April, parliamentarians from 134 countries issued their strongest call ever to implement the Programme of Action agreed to at the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994. more
23 April 2014

Global Parliamentarians Mark Twentieth Anniversary of "Revolution" in International Development

STOCKHOLM, 23 April 2014—More than 260 parliamentarians from 134 countries started a meeting here today to renew their commitment to the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). more
17 April 2014

Decision Makers, Development Experts, Lawmakers, Meet in Stockholm to Reinforce Importance of Population Issues to Future Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York — Parliamentarians and development experts from across the world will meet in Stockholm on 23 -25 April to review successes and challenges in achieving the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). They will also discuss ways to ensure that the rights of women and young people and their sexual and reproductive well-being remain a priority in any future development efforts. more