World Population Day 2019 provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what has happened over the past quarter century — the advances that have taken place and the unfulfilled aspirations yet to be achieved.

In a blog post, Jay Gribble, Deputy Director of Health Policy Plus, Palladium, looks back at how the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo was a paradigm shift for population policies. Thanks to the ICPD, family planning is no longer about birth control, and the ICPD Programme of Action elevated gender as a key issue.

But while much progress has been made, "we still have a long way to go" – especially on financial sustainability.

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