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.



Technology, research and development

The Programme of Action recognized the importance of technology and research for understanding the relationship between population and development and for anticipating change. In the interest of effective policymaking, it called for strengthening national capacities to collect, analyse and disseminate timely population data disaggregated by age, sex, ethnicity and geographic unit. It urged Governments to sustain their commitment to regular data collection and analysis and full utilization of data. Furthermore, the Programme of Action called for an improved understanding of factors affecting universal reproductive health, including sexual health, and for research on products for regulating fertility, including natural methods. New and improved methods of regulating fertility should be made available, and the number of relevant partnerships between the public and private sectors should be increased. The Cairo document also emphasized the importance of promoting sociocultural and economic research on issues related to population and development, in order to assist in the design of policies, programmes, activities and services, as well as in their implementation, monitoring and evaluation. In particular, the Programme of Action identified sociocultural and economic research as a means to better understand sexual and reproductive behaviour, the causes and consequences of migration and mobility, and differentials in mortality and morbidity between population subgroups.


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