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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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The family, its roles, rights, composition and structure

The Programme of Action recognized the diversity of the family with regard to its structure and composition and urged Member States to develop policies and laws to better support it, taking into account its plurality of forms, in particular the rise in single-parent households. In stressing the relevance of the family as the basic unit of society, the Cairo Declaration advocated for promoting family wellbeing, intergenerational support, and family-friendly policies in the field of housing, work, health, social security and education. Governments and the international community were particularly urged to support vulnerable families and their most vulnerable members, such as children, dependent older persons and family members with disabilities, as well as those with HIV/AIDS.

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