Learn about some of the events that will be featured at the Nairobi Summit. A full agenda is under development and will be posted when available.

The Summit programme will include four formats for stakeholder engagement, all of which will involve participants representing diverse backgrounds and sectors:

Plenary sessions: A daily full plenary with world leaders, change-makers and inspirational speakers make each plenary session memorable and provocative, making contributions to the global commitments.

Signature sessions: Related to the five themes and accelerators, these sessions are moderated interactive discussions that allow participants to delve into key solutions and impacts, with expert panelists sharing experiences, opinions and insights for action. Learn more about the signature sessions below.

Open dialogue series: An open dialogue and discussion across participants, enabling attendees to challenge the status quo and voice advocacy and action to leave no one behind.

Concurrent sessions: These stakeholder-led sessions discuss relevant issues of the day related to the emerging actions from the signature sessions. Participants are encouraged to organize their own concurrent sessions. Learn more here.


Signature sessions


Building Financing momentum: The Investment case for ICPD PoA - costs and gaps: We are 10 years away from delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet the world’s progress has thus far been insufficient to meet the targets on reducing maternal deaths, ending violence against women and girls, and providing universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. This session will highlight the urgency and the price tag associated with each target. The latter will come from a major collaborative analysis between academic and multilateral partners indicating the dollar amount needed to reach these goals.

Integrating Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights into Universal Health Coverage: Health care is a matter of equity, quality, accountability and justice. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are an important part of the health and well-being of people, and thus integral to universal health coverage (UHC). Marginalized groups, including minority ethnic groups, young people, unmarried people, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, people with disabilities, and the rural and urban poor continue to face barriers in accessing quality care. UHC provides a renewed opportunity to uphold their rights. Highlighting new scientific evidence, this signature session will cover how far the world has come towards providing an integrated and essential package of sexual and reproductive health interventions, the remaining challenges and obstacles, and how to overcome these.

Ending Unmet Need for Family Planning: Reproductive Rights and Contraceptive Choices: Today, more women have access to family planning information and services than ever before. Yet 232 million women in developing countries who want to prevent pregnancy are not using modern contraceptives. How can we meet their needs? What will it take to reach marginalized communities and those living in fragile and humanitarian settings? And who is going to pay for it? This signature session will explore the path forwards – engaging across sectors – to expand rights, agency and contraceptive choices to ensure that everyone everywhere can prosper as equal partners in sustainable development.

Accelerating Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls: Sustainable Development Goal 5 recognizes that women’s and girls’ rights and well-being are central to the long-term welfare of humanity. Yet we have gained little ground in the effort to end violence against women and girls. This signature session will begin by setting the stage in terms of scale, scope and consequences: Despite rhetoric at all levels, violence against women continues in every country, and can increase in some conditions. Services and support remain inadequate. Access to justice is scant, and security for women and girls continues to be elusive. This session will take the discussion forward with the understanding that now is the time to make real change for women and girls.

Demographic Dividend and Diversity: Building inclusive societies: Today’s world is more demographically diverse than ever before, bringing new challenges and creating opportunities. This signature session will delve into changing demographics as a driver for sustainable growth, poverty reduction, and human capital development. The session will investigate how countries can seize these opportunities and respond to their inhabitant’s needs by making the right investments in health, family planning, youth empowerment, education, and employment opportunities, all while safe guarding human rights and pursuing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Participants from young and ageing societies will share experiences and lessons learned from harnessing the demographic dividend.

South-South and Triangular Partnerships to Accelerate the ICPD Promise: South-South and Triangular Cooperation is increasingly important as the new way of mobilizing knowledge and resources for global development. This session will capitalize on successes in population and reproductive health programing, which are expanded through South-South and Triangular Cooperation commitments. It will bring in experts to explore how new opportunities can be leveraged to deliver Agenda 2030 and accelerate the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action.

Fulfilling the Cairo Promise in a Fragile World: Today, more than two billion people live in countries affected by conflict, violence and fragility. This session will highlight major humanitarian trends including rising displacement to galvanize action to fulfill the promise of Cairo to uphold the rights for universal sexual and reproductive health and ending GBV everywhere including in humanitarian and fragile settings.

Climate change, Adaptation and Justice: Climate change disproportionately affects populations in the Global South, despite their lower contribution to the root causes of this global crisis. As prevention and adaptation efforts progress too slowly, young people across the globe are stepping up to the challenges of climate change by speaking out, as well as educating and mobilizing their communities. This session offers a point-counterpoint debate between national leaders and young climate activists on the challenges of action, the need for partnerships, strategies for adaptation and resilience, and the future of climate justice.

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our World: 1.8 Billion Reasons Why: This youth-led signature session will focus on the more than 1.8 billion young people in the world today between the ages of 10 and 24. How the sexual and reproductive health needs and aspirations of adolescents and youth are met defines young people today and will define our common future. This signature session will discuss the challenges and opportunities of young people from around the world in realizing the ICPD agenda. It will focus on the barriers adolescents and youth face in realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The session puts the young people in the driver's seat and provides a platform for young adolescents and youth to share their ideas for solutions based on their expertise and experience, and share how they are holding governments accountable to their promises.

Ensuring Safe Pregnancy and Childbirth for All Women and Newborns: Today, an estimated 830 women die every single day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and many more experience acute or chronic morbidity. With the Sustainable Development Goals, the global community has committed to reducing global maternal mortality to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births. The task of saving women's lives and protecting their health requires strong capacity in the health system to address the full range of direct causes of maternal mortality and morbidity. This session will focus on evidence-based strategies for accelerating progress by improving quality, coverage and equity in maternity care through an effective, well-functioning primary health care system, including safe abortion. It will also discuss the need for increased attention to preventing and treating maternal morbidities, and how to ensure that maternity care respects women’s rights and is free of violence and discrimination.

Ending Harmful Practices: Making Commitments Real: On average, more than 33,000 girls are forced into child marriage every day. Every year, more than 4 million girls are subjected to female genital mutilation. Son preference, gender-biased sex selection, and other harmful practices cause gender imbalances that negatively impact the fabric of societies. This session will dispel the myths that perpetuate these practices and their staggering toll. The global target of eliminating harmful practices by 2030 will be achieved only if efforts to address these problems are dramatically intensified.

Innovative Partnerships: Harnessing Creative Industries to Tackle Stigma and Taboo: Many in the private sector are pioneering ethical and sustainable modes of production. Some are using their reach and influence to promote reproductive rights and address social norms to uncover how partnerships in multibillion-dollar industries can help tear down taboos and promote women’s health and empowerment.

Democratizing Data As A Public Good: Without dependable population data, whole communities of people remain invisible and their needs and rights ignored. In order to leave no one behind, high-quality disaggregated data are required at national and local levels. Meeting the growing data needs of decentralized governance is critical. Population trends will shape national development and investments effectively only when population and household data are widely accessible and utilized as a public good, while safeguarding the rights of respondents to privacy. This session focuses on making data a public good in order to guarantee zero invisibility and to leave no one behind.

Harnessing the power of cities for ICPD PoA: Sustainable development cannot be achieved without ensuring safe and sustainable cities. There are many powerful urban leaders and actors raising the bar for smart cities, women-friendly cities, youth-friendly cities and environmentally friendly cities. Today’s urban areas are engines for experimentation, transformation and development. This session will bring together mayors, city activists, local leaders and thought leaders from around the world to discuss the power and potential of urban action.

A Feminist Approach to Humanitarian Action: Of the 143 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, more than one in four are women and adolescent girls of reproductive age whose rights, safety and dignity are often violated and must be protected. This special session will highlight a feminist approach to humanitarian action as a means of addressing challenges and accelerating progress to achieve the ICPD and 2030 agendas.


Open dialogue series

Equity for Afro-descendants: What barriers stand in the way of people of African descent accessing sexual and reproductive health? Where and how can policies, programmes and agendas meaningfully include marginalized populations, especially Afro-descendants? Participants in this open dialogue will reflect on these questions, with a look to promoting inter-continental conversations and an exchange of best practices. This dialogue is an opportunity to mobilize and secure global commitments for equity and inclusion of Afro-descendants.

The Role of the Private Sector in Fulfilling the Promise of the ICPD: How can we leverage the reach, ingenuity and financial power of the private sector to accelerate progress towards fulfilling the promise of ICPD and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? In what ways can governments, the private sector and civil society work together to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights? This conversation will take up these questions, including the role of private sector contributions and investments in the sustainable development agenda. Expect to engage with leaders from private and public sector alike, and arrive ready to explore new and renewed commitments from the private sector to realize the vision of Cairo.

Men and Boys’ Rights to Sexual and Reproductive Health: What is at stake? What do men and boys need and demand when it comes to sexual and reproductive health and rights? What are the barriers, where are the gaps in resources and progress, and how can these obstacles be addressed? This open dialogue will enable participants to reflect on the role of men and boys as clients, partners and agents of change for gender equality. The conversation will explore why and how the sexual and reproductive health and rights needs and demands of men and boys can be addressed, and will highlight the social norms that need to transform in order to enable this change.

Integration Inspiration: Identifying Solutions for Integrated SRHR Service Delivery: The 'whys' and the 'hows' of providing integrated services for sexual and reproductive health and rights: What does the evidence say about taking an integrated approach, and what are solutions for overcoming challenges and barriers? The dialogue will highlight what has worked in the past and what it will take to implement the Nairobi Commitments in terms of policy, financing and delivery systems. Participants will explore different evidence-based solutions for SRHR service integration and reflect on what it means to keep people at the centre of their own health care.

Progress for Indigenous Populations: This dialogue aims to bring visibility to the urgent challenges that prevent indigenous women and girls from enjoying their right to sexual  and reproductive health. It will highlight the progress that has been achieved since 1994, the barriers that stand in the way, and the critical elements required for ensuring a rights-based and culturally acceptable approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights for indigenous peoples. Expect an intercultural exchange that puts the rights, voices, and choices of indigenous women and girls at the centre of the conversation.

#youth4peace: How are young people promoting positive change in countries affected by conflict, humanitarian crises and fragility? How can we collectively shift the narrative away from young people as “beneficiaries” needing “empowerment”, to the recognition that young people are central contributors to building peace and responding to humanitarian crises? The conversations will feature the work of exceptional young leaders, and explore opportunities to support and promote young people’s engagement in humanitarian and peacebuilding efforts, particularly in the context of the ICPD Programme of Action. It will be a vibrant dialogue on the work of young peacebuilders, human rights defenders and humanitarians in promoting peace, recovery and resilience of communities.

Inter-generational Dialogue: What can people of different generations and diverse backgrounds learn from each other as we advance from Cairo to Nairobi? This vibrant dialogue is an avenue for participants of all generations to engage as equals in an inclusive and creative discussion about what lies at the heart of ICPD, and how priorities have evolved in the last 25 years.

Keeping the Faith in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: How can religious leaders, from a wide range of faiths, uphold and amplify the Nairobi Commitments? What is the role of religious actors in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights? This dialogue will allow participants from diverse faiths and organizations to reflect on the relationships between religion, rights and choices. Expect tough questions on contentious and complex issues, and a thoughtful discussion on the way forward.

Human Rights for All: The Politics of Inclusion: Whose rights and choices have been fulfilled, and which groups and individuals have been left behind? Twenty-five years after the landmark agreement in Cairo, equality is still a goal rather than a reality. This is especially true for girls and women and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, who often face barriers to their sexual and reproductive health and rights and heightened vulnerability to gender-based violence. This conversation will highlight the experiences of human rights defenders and their insights on what it takes to ensure radical and transformative change in the lives of those facing discrimination and exclusion. Expect provocative questions and proposed solutions to finally and fully realizing an inclusive ICPD Programme of Action.

Preparing for an Older World: How can governments equitably address the needs, rights and choices of older persons, especially older women? This dialogue will explore different national ageing strategies that focus on human rights, inclusion and gender equality. Participants will reflect on and exchange success stories and solutions that take an all-government approach to addressing this demographic mega-trend.