In 2014, global population neared 7.3 billion people, an increase of over 1.6 billion since the 1994 adoption of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (icpd). It was projected to reach 8.4 billion by 2030, with poor families and low-income countries accounting for much of this growth. Population dynamics continued to shape the development landscape, with high mobility and migration expanding population growth in urban areas by 1.3 million people each week. The social and economic development gains achieved in the twentyfirst century were already at risk from inequality and urban poverty. The United Nations Population Fund (unfpa) responded to 34 humanitarian crises, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As mandated by the General Assembly, unfpa also conducted a 20- year review of the Programme of Action of the icpd, which gathered data from 176 countries. The results of the review were summarized in the Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the icpd, which was launched by the Secretary- General in February and was considered at a special session of the General Assembly in September.

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