Member States urged to be "bold" to adapt to population development challenges

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Commission on Population and Development. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Member States have been urged to adapt and respond to new population and development challenges.

The appeal was made by the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe, as the Commission on Population and Development began its 47th session in New York on Monday.

In his statement, he noted that much has changed since the major International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo in 1994.

Ambassador Ashe noted that since then, the world population grew from 5.7 billion to 7.2 billion and there are more young people today than at any other time in human history.

His statement was delivered by Ambassador Paulette Bethel, Chef de Cabinet of the 68th session of the General Assembly.

"To adapt and respond to new challenges, we must be bold and aspirational in setting new development goals and targets, and resolute in seeing the goals of the ICPD Programme of Action realized. Population dynamics must be integrated into development planning processes at national, regional and international levels through global leadership, political will, and partnership with grassroots and civil society organizations." (27")

During the one week session, the UN Commission on Population and Development will examine actions taken by governments to improve people's lives and address population issues.

Presentations by experts will also include new demographic trends in the global population, including on ageing, youth, life expectancy, mortality, urbanization and migration.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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