The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 was an opportunity for the global community to re-commit to the unfinished objectives of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Programme of Action and accelerate the progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and a rights-based approach are essential to meeting the Summit objectives and the 1994 Cairo ICPD meeting’s original objectives of zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning, and zero gender-based violence and other harmful practices to women and girls. “At the heart of the ICPD paradigm shift in 1994 in Cairo was human rights,” said Lynn Freedman of Columbia University, “Over the last 25 years, maternal mortality and safe childhood has become a hugely important part of the way that the human rights field and the human rights practice has developed.”

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