ICPD25: Accelerating accountability for SRHR

8 November, 2019


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted a landmark Programme of Action which set out to empower women and girls for their sake, and for the benefit of their families, communities and nations.

We have made incredible gains since then, but too many people are still being left behind. And too many nations have not been able to fully reap the demographic dividend because young people and other groups still lack agency, education and access to critical health services. Increasing the pressure is the deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We cannot do that if we don’t also reach the goals laid out in the ICPD Programme of Action.

From 12-14 November 2019, SRHM joined ministers, thought-leaders, grassroots organizations, academics and many others interested in the pursuit of sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 – a high-level conference which aims to mobilize the political will and financial commitments we urgently need to implement the ICPD Programme of Action. These commitments will be centred around achieving zero unmet need for family planning information and services, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.

In addition to SRHM’s participation at the summit, we released a special collection of articles and videos related to the conference. This special collection represents growing research and evidence base on gender equality with a clear lens on human rights.

Below is a short video summary of each of the papers in this timely special collection, ICPD25: Accelerating accountability for SRHR.



Moving the ICPD agenda forward: challenging the backlash
Gita Sen, Eszter Kismődi, Anneka Knutsson



The battle for sexual and reproductive health and rights for all
Natalia Kanem

A sexual and reproductive health and rights journey: from Cairo to the present
Rebecca Brown, Eszter Kismődi, Rajat Khosla, Sapana Pradhan Malla, Lucy Asuagbor, Ximena Andión-Ibanez, Sofia Gruskin

“Righting the wrongs”: addressing human rights and gender equality through research since Cairo
Rajat Khosla, Avni Amin, Pascale Allotey, Carmen Barroso, Asha George, Anita Hardon, Ian Askew

Tensions and exclusions: the knotty policy encounter between sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV
Susana Fried, Aziza Ahmed, Luisa Cabal

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights: a stock-taking and call-to-action on the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development
Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Marina Plesons, Arup Barua, Anshu Mohan, Meheret Melles-Brewer, Danielle Engel

Actions, not words: progress since ICPD on disability and SRHR
Tom Shakespeare, Shaffa Hameed, Lizzie Kiama

Sexual reproductive health and rights in humanitarian crises at ICPD25+ and beyond: consolidating gains to ensure access to services for all
Shirin Heidari, Monica A Onyango, Sarah Chynoweth

Violence against women: where are we 25 years after ICPD and where do we need to go
Claudia Garcia-Moreno, Avni Amin

“The Times They Are A-Changin”: using technology to enable ASRHR 25 years post-ICPD
Priya Nanda, Sahil Tandon


Work on this collection of papers has been supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).