Frequently Asked Questions


1. When and where will the Nairobi Summit take place?

The Governments of Kenya and Denmark together with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 in Nairobi, Kenya on 12-14 November 2019. The Summit takes place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre and marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place in Cairo in 1994.


2. Why is the Summit being convened? What are its objectives and anticipated outcomes?

Twenty-five years ago, the ICPD Programme of Action articulated a bold new vision putting each and every person’s right to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights at the heart of development and acknowledging that gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment are essential to achieve sustainable development. The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 is being convened to galvanize partnerships and political and financial commitments to urgently finish the unfinished business of the landmark ICPD Programme of Action and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

In order to leave no one behind, the Summit will be a platform for all stakeholders to make commitments that will respond to the plea of millions of people and families across the globe to realize the promises of Cairo. Commitments can be financial or political, legal or policy – all with the same overall aim of completing the work outlined in the ICPD Programme of Action before 2030.

The world has committed to achieving the SDGs by 2030, but we cannot get there until we fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action. Simply put, there are no SDGs without the ICPD.


3. Who can attend?

The Summit will bring everyone together: heads of state, ministers, parliamentarians, thought-leaders, technical experts, civil society organizations, young people, business and community leaders, faith-based organizations, international financial institutions, persons with disabilities, academics and many others interested in the pursuit of sexual and reproductive health and rights.


4. What kind of event will this be?

This is not your typical United Nations event.

There will be no negotiated outcome document, however, the Summit is solidly grounded on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and on the political declaration adopted at the 52nd Commission on Population and Development which took place in April 2019 and which reaffirmed political commitment to the ICPD Programme of Action. The Nairobi Summit will focus on how to accelerate the promise of the ICPD PoA and the SDGs by 2030.

The Summit will gather a broad range of actors and the format is designed to be highly interactive, presenting ample space for participants representing diverse voices to reflect together on challenges and opportunities, and accelerate collective action to achieve the ICPD Programme of Action. The range of platforms and events will create spaces for people with different perspectives to jointly craft solutions based on shared values. The Summit will be attended by a large number of civil society representatives and young people, who will participate in sessions alongside high-level participants.


5. What is the programme?

The full programme is being developed and will be posted on the Nairobi Summit website when available.

The Summit will take place over three days. The programme is structured around signature sessions in plenary; open dialogue spaces encouraging discussion, debate, and deliberation; concurrent sessions to drill down more concretely into specific issues; and the community hub for networking and sharing innovative approaches by communities, young people and partners.


6. What are the themes of the Summit?

The Summit revolves around five themes:

1. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health as a part of universal health coverage.

Around the world, sexual and reproductive health care is often under-funded and separated from primary health care. At the Summit, expect discussions and debate on how to integrate the essential package of sexual and reproductive health services into national primary health care, equalize access, improve quality, and enhance accountability as part of the drive towards universal health coverage.

2. Financing to finish the ICPD Programme of Action and to sustain the gains made.

Current financing arrangements are falling far short of what is needed to realize the goals of the Programme of Action. At the Summit, expect conversations on how innovative funding mechanisms can help achieve zero preventable maternal deaths, zero need for modern contraceptives, and zero gender-based violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation, as well as announcements of new partnerships and commitments to invest.

3. Drawing on demographic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development.

All countries need to plan for demographic shifts in the years ahead to design policies and investments that respond to their unique demographic realities of fertility, ageing, urbanization, migration and displacement, and ensure that labour, health, education and pension systems are optimally located and funded. At the Summit, expect to explore actions that governments are taking to better monitor demographic change, and inform long-term policies for economic growth. The ICPD Programme of Action and the SDGs can only be achieved if there is a full understanding of the needs of every segment of the population.

4. Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.

Everywhere, every day, people are assaulted or otherwise harmed because of their gender. At the Summit, expect to discuss how we can get to zero gender-based violence and harmful practices by 2030, analyze what has worked, and explore the promising and sometimes surprising approaches that can help governments finally end the threat of violence and harm.

5. Upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care even in humanitarian and fragile contexts.

Women fleeing war or stranded in places where services have collapsed must still be able to prevent pregnancy and may still need help to give birth safely. More people become victim of sexual violence in these environments and need access to health care. At the Summit, expect to learn how we can end the bottlenecks to providing the full range of sexual and reproductive health services under these conditions, how governments and aid organizations can prepare for crises and integrate sexual and reproductive health care in post-crisis reconstruction.

Overall, the Summit will take an integrated approach, covering five themes and highlighting the power of five accelerators for progress, namely gender equality, youth leadership, political and community leadership, innovation and data, and partnerships.


7. How will civil society engagement and participation be ensured?

Meaningful participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) is fundamental to the success of the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. CSO engagement is integrated into the governance arrangement for the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. CSOs and youth organizations, representing different geographic regions, thematic areas of work and social groups, play a crucial role in the preparations of the Summit, including the development of the Summit Statement and the Summit program. Ongoing regional consultation and preparation processes will culminate in a series of events providing opportunity for CSOs to share experiences in implementing the ICPD agenda at regional, national, and local levels, and to galvanize their commitments on the way to Nairobi.

At national level, social mobilization through national consultations and campaigns are under way, targeting key policy domains and building on inclusive and consultative processes to address issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth participation, gender equality, environment, ageing and mobility.


8. How will youth engagement and participation be ensured?

Young people and youth networks from around the world are engaged on the road to Nairobi through numerous national, regional and global events. The views and voices of adolescents and youth – in particular marginalized and vulnerable young people – will echo in plenaries and panels throughout the Summit programme.

The Summit anticipates a large representation of young people to share their experiences, views and inspiring work to implement the ICPD Programme of Action. ICPD25 partners will share and showcase work with adolescents and youth to fulfill the ICPD Programme of Action. Click here to learn more about how youth engagement is taking place at the Nairobi Summit.


9. What do I do if I want to arrange a side event?

There are no side events in the official programme of the Summit. However, parallel events can be arranged off site by partners through Media Edge, a third party independent contractor providing services for the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. Use this link to connect to Media Edge. Please note that the co-conveners of the Summit are not responsible for any arrangement agreed between Media Edge and a potential parallel event organizer.


10. Will there be an exhibition space for participants?

Instead of an exhibition space, the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 will offer a Community Zone for young people, community workers, innovators, craft persons and civil society organizations to share experiences and knowledge in an informal setting that promotes an exchange of information and the opportunity to learn from one another on a global scale. The Community Zone will be divided into five distinct areas that brings together innovation, grassroots activities, information, art and interpersonal connections to create a shared space in the Summit for all participants. It has been developed in the spirit of inclusiveness, participation and responsibility. 

Further details about the Community Zone will be posted on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 website as they become available.


11. How do I register?

Registration opened on the Nairobi Summit website on 22 July 2019. Make sure to register for the Summit well in advance and kindly note that there will be a short approval period between registration and confirmation. All applicants are required to sign the Code of Conduct when registering for the Summit.


12. How can I learn more?

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