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Commission on Population and Development

The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) is an annual week-long meeting at the United Nations where advocates and member states gather to create a resolution document that upholds the Programme of Action created at the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) in 1994.

The Programme of Action, adopted by 179 governments, marked a new understanding among world bodies—that population and development are inextricably linked, and that women’s empowerment is the key to both. And, for the first time, the reproductive and sexual health and rights of women became a central element in an international agreement on population and development.