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Compendium of recommendations on population and development

Commission on population and development, 1994 –2014 (Volume I)

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The Compendium of Recommendations on Population and Development: Commission on Population and Development (Vol. I) compares recommendations emanating from the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development with resolutions from the Commission on Population and Development. In addition, General Assembly resolutions on population and development since 1994 will be included in the Compendium as well. This Compendium will be prepared in time for the special session of the General Assembly on 22 September 2014 on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development beyond 2014. The special session will mark the 20-year anniversary of the Programme of Action, and the Compendium will be an important and highly visible contribution to the event, informing Member States and the global public now and in the future.

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Health, morbidity and mortality

The Programme of Action emphasized that the accessibility, availability, acceptability and affordability of health-care services and facilities should be increased so as to provide access to basic health care for all. In particular, the Cairo Declaration called on Governments to promote child survival and health, to promote women’s health and safe motherhood, to achieve a rapid and substantial reduction in maternal morbidity and mortality, and to reduce disparities in health and survival observed between developing and developed countries and within countries. It also called for prevention and reduction of the spread of HIV in order to minimize its impact, increased awareness of the consequences of HIV infection and AIDS, and addressing the social, economic, gender and racial inequities that increase vulnerability to the disease. Importantly, compared to previous population conferences, the Programme of Action introduced two new concepts: safe motherhood and unsafe abortion, in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) definitions.

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