ICPD25 Commitments

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ICPD, the governments of Kenya and Denmark, along with UNFPA, are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 on November 12-14. The heart of the Summit will be the endorsement of a set of voluntary global commitments, through global consultations with different stakeholders, largely centred on achieving the “three zeros:"

  1. Zero unmet need for family planning.
  2. Zero preventable maternal deaths.
  3. Zero gender-based violence and harmful practices against women, girls and youth. 

The ICPD Programme of Action both informed and, in many ways, underpins the entire Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. In fact, completing the ICPD Goals is critical to meet Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

An International Steering Committee (ISC), co-chaired by the governments of Kenya and Denmark and by UNFPA, has been formed to provide strategic guidance for the Nairobi Summit process. One of the ISC's key responsibilities is to develop a set of voluntary global commitments, which will provide a framework in developing national commitments and will form the basis of Summit discussions to accelerate the implementation of the unfinished business of ICPD.

An earlier draft of these commitments was subject to wide-ranging consultations, including a public comment period from 1 to 31 August that drew over 2,000 responses and resulted in important feedback that is being incorporated into the planning process and this second draft.

The ISC is grateful to all those who took part in the survey. Your comments and suggestions will enable the Summit organizers to ensure an inclusive programme with opportunities for participants to chart strategies to implement their own commitments.

The text below is a draft, currently undergoing several weeks of high-level consultations as well as a new public comment period via a survey open from 23 September to 11 October. Please note that the text of some of the commitments in the survey has been shortened to accommodate the format of the survey platform.

We invite you to take the survey here.

Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 Draft Commitments

We will:

(1) Intensifying our efforts for the full, effective and accelerated implementation and funding of the ICPD Programme of Action, Key Actions for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health as a part of universal health coverage (UHC), by committing to strive for

(2) Zero unmet need for family planning information and services, and universal availability of quality, affordable and safe modern contraceptives1.

(3) Zero preventable maternal deaths2, and maternal morbidities, such as obstetric fistulas, by, inter alia, integrating a comprehensive approach of the essential sexual and reproductive health package3, including measures for preventing and avoiding unsafe abortions, and post-abortion care4, into national UHC strategies, policies and programmes, and to protect and ensure all individuals’ right to bodily integrity and autonomy, and to provide access to essential services in support of this right.

(4) Ensuring access for adolescents and youth to comprehensive and age-appropriate information, education and adolescent-friendly comprehensive, quality and timely services to be able to make informed choices about their sexuality and reproductive lives, to adequately protect themselves from unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, and to be able to transition safely and happily into adulthood.

  • Address gender-based violence and the harmful practices of child, early and forced marriages and female genital mutilation, by committing to strive for

(5) Zero sexual and gender-based violence5, including zero child, early and forced marriage6, as well as zero female genital mutilation7, in order to realize all individuals’ potential as agents of change in their society – both socially and economically.

  • Mobilize the required financing to finish the ICPD Programme of Action and sustain the gains already made, by

(6) Using national budget processes, increasing domestic financing and exploring new and innovative financing instruments and structures to ensure full, effective and accelerated implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action.

(7) Doing what is in our power to increase the percentage of official development aid (ODA) specifically earmarked to ensure universal access to SRHR to complement domestic financing of sexual and reproductive health programmes.

  • Draw on demographic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development, by

(8) Harnessing the demographic dividend through investing in adolescents’ and youth’s education, employment opportunities and health, including family planning and sexual and reproductive health and services.

(9) Building peaceful, just and inclusive societies, where all people, including the old and the young, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples, build societies where they feel valued and are able to shape their own destiny and contribute to the prosperity of their societies.

(10) Providing quality, timely and disaggregated data, investing in digital health innovations and improvement of data systems to achieve sustainable development.

(11) Committing to the notion that nothing about young people’s health and well-being can be discussed and decided upon without their meaningful involvement and participation (“nothing about us, without us”).

  • Uphold the right to sexual and reproductive health care in humanitarian and fragile contexts, by

(12) Ensuring the basic humanitarian needs of affected populations, including SRHR, are addressed as critical components of responses to humanitarian and environmental crises, as well as fragile and post-crisis reconstruction contexts, through the provision of access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services, including access to safe abortion where it is legal, to significantly reduce maternal mortality and morbidity under these conditions.

1 Achieving zero unmet need for family planning information and services is an important indicator of having achieved universal access to sexual and reproductive health, as contained in SDG target 3.7 and SDG target 5.6.
2 Achieving zero maternal deaths is an important indicator of having achieved universal access to sexual and reproductive health, as contained in SDG target 3.7 and SDG target 5.6.
3 At a minimum, as defined in paragraphs 7.2, 7.3 and 7.6 of the ICPD Programme of Action, and paragraph 53 of the Key Action for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD. This could be further guided by the expanded definition of SRHR interventions, as proposed in the Report of the Guttmacher/Lancet Commission on sexual and reproductive health and rights (May 2018).
4 In accordance with paragraph 8.25 of the ICPD Programme of Action and paragraph 63 of the Key Actions for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD.
5 SDG target 5.2.
6 SDG target 5.3.
7 SDG target 5.3.