A year ago today, 8,300 delegates from 170 countries gathered on Nairobi to face and recommit to the goals set forth at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. The milestone conference declared reproductive and sexual health as a fundamental human right and affirmed gender equality and women’s empowerment as necessary to a just, safe, and equitable world.

The 2019 Nairobi Summit advanced the Cairo agenda to achieve the so-called three zeros by 2030: zero unmet need for family planning; zero preventable maternal deaths; and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.

“The commitments made in Nairobi are more critical now than ever before. Far from dampening our ambition, COVID-19 has only sharpened our focus and resolve,” says Unfpa Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem. “I am heartened to see so many governments, private sector and civil society partners take bold steps to sustain our collective efforts and deliver on our promises to women and girls.”

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Unfpa Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem’s Message on the Nairobi Summit Anniversary