Importance of population issues to development discussed in Stockholm

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Senior government officials, parliamentarians and development experts are meeting in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, on Wednesday to discuss the importance of population issues to development.

The three-day meeting is reviewing successes and challenges in achieving the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994.

At the Cairo Conference, which was described as a "ground-breaking" forum, it was agreed that individuals' reproductive health must be at the heart of development policies.

The Stockholm meeting coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Cairo Conference where participants committed themselves to making reproductive health a priority for 20 years that followed.

This week's meeting is also discussing ways to ensure that the rights of women and young people and their sexual and reproductive well-being remain a priority in any future development efforts.

Parliamentarians are expected to produce a declaration underlining the need to keep maternal health and universal access to sexual and reproductive health at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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