In this landmark publication printed in January 1994 by the International Women’s Health Coalition and Harvard University, scholars, policy-makers, and women’s health advocates suggest a new consensus on population policy directions for the 21st century, centered on health, women’s empowerment, and human rights. They argue that public policy should assure the rights and well-being of people, rather than simply attempting to limit the ultimate size of the world’s population.

At the historic International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in September 1994, 179 governments agreed.

Edited by Gita Sen, Adrienne Germain, and Lincoln C. Chen. Published by the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.