Kenya and Denmark, co-conveners of this year’s Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the Promise, joined UNFPA to mobilize political support and galvanize partnerships in preparation for the conference, in a side event following the opening of the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development.

The Nairobi Summit, to be held on 12-14 November 2019, marks 25 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo adopted its landmark Programme of Action, centred around the recognition that sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential to achieving sustainable development.

Reflecting on the past 25 years, Josephine Kibaru-Mbae, Director General of Kenya’s National Council for Population and Development, ascribed her country’s progress in elevating the well-being and dignity of its people to the patient work of implementation.

“It’s not rocket science,” she said. “It’s what we do on a daily basis that matters.”

Ulla Tørnæs, Denmark’s Minister of Development Cooperation, remarked that the millions of people left behind by the progress made since Cairo “still depend on our leadership to improve their chances of a brighter and better future.”

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