Living up to the commitments made in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program of Action is critical to meet other global objectives, especially the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In other words, there are no SDGs without ICPD.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem marks World Population Day with an op-ed for the UN Chronicle where she looks back at the history of population policies before and after Cairo, examines how fulfilling ICPD's promise will help meet the SDGs, and calls on all stakeholders to rally behind this cause at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25.

"Reaching these goals will clear the way to a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. This is the world we all want—and can have, if we join together in Nairobi and beyond to complete the unfinished business we began 25 years ago."

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