State of World Population 2004

The Cairo Consensus at Ten - Population, Reproductive Health and the Global Effort to End Poverty

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This year’s report examines countries’ achievements and constraints in implementing the Cairo consensus, including efforts to improve the quality and reach of reproductive health programmes, promote women’s rights, improve maternal and child health and strengthen HIV prevention efforts. UNFPA’s report makes the case that mobilizing political will and increased funding by the international community is crucial if countries are to maintain and build on the gains of the past decade.

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Population and poverty

A central premise of the 1994 Cairo conference was the notion that the size, growth, age structure and ruralurban distribution of a country’s population have a critical impact on its development prospects, and specifically on prospects for raising the living standards of the poor. Reflecting this understanding, the ICPD called on countries to “fully integrate population concerns into development strategies, planning, decision-making and resource allocation at all levels”.

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