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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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Gender equality, equity and empowerment of women

Women’s perspectives and concerns appeared throughout the Programme of Action, but they were also the subject of a separate chapter. The Programme of Action stated that empowerment and autonomy of women and the improvement of their status were important ends in themselves, but they were also essential for the achievement of sustainable development. Therefore, the Programme of Action explicitly called for women to be fully involved in policy-and decision-making processes and implementation at all stages and urged that women as well as men be provided with the education to meet their basic human needs and to exercise their human rights. The document also called for the elimination of all forms of exploitation, abuse, harassment and violence against women, adolescents and children. It highlighted the special vulnerabilities of the girl child and called for an end to discrimination and to the root causes of son preference. Lastly, the Programme of Action urged that gender equality be promoted in all spheres of life and that men be encouraged and enabled to take responsibility for their sexual and reproductive behaviour as well as their social and family roles.

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