25 April 2018

Failure to reach consensus on CPD51 resolution

The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51) took place from April 9 to 13 in New York, and ended for the third time in the last four yours without an outcome document. This year’s theme was “Sustainable cities, human mobility, and international migration” and discussions around sexual and reproductive health and rights as well rights of migrants and refugees were fraught with tension and controversies.

The CPD closed with a strong statement delivered by the Tunisian delegation on behalf of 35  countries on the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights to women and girls, but the Commission’s failure to adopt a final resolution profoundly disappointed CSO expectations. While in 2019 the 25th anniversary of the ICPD Programme of Action will be celebrated, the lack of political will and leadership to stand firmly for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity are seen as a threat to the status of the CPD and its future. 

All the CPD-related documents and statements are available on its official website

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