International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Cairo (1994)

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A major international conference organized by the United Nations that met in Cairo, Egypt in September 1994, and discussed the global dimensions of population growth and change. The conference agreed goals for 2015 that are designed to improve individual and family well‐being and enhance the status of women. The goals include universal access to family planning and primary school education, increased access by girls and women to secondary and higher education, and reductions in infant, child, and maternal mortality. The conference is widely credited as a major turning‐point in establishing international consensus on effective ways of slowing the pace of population growth and improving quality of life, by addressing root causes of unwanted fertility.

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