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Population and development: Cameroon reaffirms its commitments

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Le Ministre délégué auprès du MINEPAT chargé de la Planification, Paul Tasong, l’a fait savoir ce 1er novembre 2019 lors de la concertation nationale et les journées portes ouvertes sur la mise en œuvre des objectifs de la Conférence Internationale sur la Population et Développement (CIPD 25).

These meetings and open days are a prelude to the dual celebration of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the 50th anniversary of UNFPA, which will take place from 12 to 14 November 2019 in Nairobi.

The International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in September 1994, enabled the 179 participating governments to adopt a vast development programme known as the "Cairo Programme of Action". During the summit to be held in Nairobi, a global statement and national declarations reaffirming countries' commitments to the ICPD Programme of Action will be presented.

The purpose of the meeting held on 31 October 2019 was therefore to adopt the national declaration of commitment for the further implementation of the ICPD Action Plan to be delivered during this summit and to present the level of implementation of the related actions in Cameroon.

According to UNFPA's Resident Representative, since the 1994 ICPD, "incredible gains have been made around the world. However, challenges remain. Too many countries have not been able to fully benefit from the demographic dividend, as young people and other groups still face barriers to capitalising on their potential and accessing essential basic social services, including education and health, to name a few.

The 25th anniversary of the ICPD is therefore timely, providing a unique opportunity to inspire action and mobilise political will and financial commitments to improve people’s lives.