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.



Population growth and structure

Faced with a world population of 5.6 billion in 1994 and a projected population of 7.5 billion in 2014, the Programme of Action called on countries to facilitate the demographic transition, with the aim of stabilizing world population and balancing demographic rates with economic, social and environmental goals, while fully respecting human rights. Countries that had already passed through the demographic transition should optimize their demographic trends with regard to social and economic development. The Programme of Action also recognized the perspectives and needs of special population groups, in particular children and youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and indigenous peoples, and called on Governments to meet the special needs of these groups regarding employment, housing, health care, including reproductive health services, education, participation in the political process, economic and social security and land tenure.


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