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Michaelle Jean and António Guterres, UN-Secretary-General – Picture courtesy of The Rt Hon Michaëlle Jean.

Thursday, 17 September 2020: A novel High-Level Commission begins today with an inaugural digital meeting that is to provide guidance and advocate for meaningful follow-up to the commitments outlined in the Nairobi Statement on ICPD25 held back in November 2019. The commitments highlight the UNFPA’s ‘three zeros ‘; zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal mortality and zero sexual and gender based violence.

The Nairobi Summit marked the 25th anniversary of the ICPD Programme of Action from Cairo in 1994. The ICPD Programme of Action was adopted by 179 governments and laid out a far-sighted plan for advancing human well-being that places human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights – which means the right to decide with whom and when to have children and how many –  at the centre of the global development agenda. Denmark co-hosted the Nairobi Summit in 2019 along with the government of Kenya and UNFPA. The Danish crown princess, Mary, joined the commission. 

The new High-Level Commission brings together high-level representatives from academia, research, civil societies, human rights activists, private sector, parliamentarians and youth leaders from around the world. The co-chairs are the former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete and former Francophonie secretary general and governor general of Canada, Michaëlle Jean.

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