5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

25 Years since Cairo: Making ICPD25 Relevant to Young People

Event Co-sponsors

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

The year 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The ICPD’s Programme of Action created a paradigm shift in how the global community regarded population dynamics, moving it from a focus on human numbers to a focus on human rights. The Cairo agenda charted the path towards a new narrative based on an individual’s freedom to decide about their reproductive life, particularly for women, girls, young people, people living with disabilities and other marginalized groups, placing people at the heart of the international development agenda. Despite remarkable achievements over the years, the global environment currently is marked by significant resistance to core issues such as equality and non-discrimination, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and comprehensive sexuality education. These challenges are fundamental threats to the vision of rights-based, human-centered sustainable development and our collective well-being.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for an intergenerational and interactive discussion on the relevance of the ICPD for today’s policy making and the future of the ambitious Programme of Action the world agreed upon in Cairo.   

Want to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast on this page. The webcast will be embedded at the start time of the event. If you do not see it when the event begins, please wait a moment and reload the page. Archived webcasts go up approximately one day after the meeting date.

Media guests, including TV crews, are welcome and should RSVP directly to Amanda.King@wilsoncenter.org. Media bringing heavy electronics MUST indicate this in their response so they may be cleared through our building security and allowed entrance. 

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @Wilson_MHI using the hashtag #ICPD25. You can also find related coverage on our blog at NewSecurityBeat.org/dot-mom.




  • Carmen Barroso

    Co-chair, Gender and Rights Advisory Group, Special Programme of Research, Development, and Training in Human Reproduction, World Health Organization
  • Saba Ismail

    Co-Founder, Aware Girls
  • Kobe Smith

    Vice President, Youth Advocacy Movement and Board of Directors Member, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region 
  • Arthur Erken

    Director, Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, UNFPA