11 July 2019
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet. On World Population Day, we recognize that this mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population growth, ageing, migration and urbanization.
world’s population overall continues to increase, this growth is uneven. For
many of the world’s least developed countries, the challenges to sustainable
development are compounded by rapid population growth as well as vulnerability
to climate change. Other countries are facing the challenge of ageing
populations, including the need to promote healthy active ageing and to provide
adequate social protection. As the world continues to urbanize, with 68% of the
world population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, sustainable
development and climate change will increasingly depend on the successful
management of urban growth.
these population trends, we must also recognize the relationship between
population, development and individual well-being. Twenty-five years ago,
at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD),
world leaders first spelt out the links between population, development and
human rights, including reproductive rights. They also recognized that
promoting gender equality is both the right thing to do and one of the most
reliable pathways to sustainable development and improved well-being for all.
World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of
the Cairo ICPD Conference.
progress in lowering maternal mortality and unintended pregnancies, many
challenges remain. Around the world, we are seeing pushback on women’s rights,
including on essential health services. Issues related to pregnancy are
still the leading cause of death among girls aged 15 to 19. Gender-based
violence, which is rooted in inequality, continues to take a horrific toll.
In November, a
summit marking the 25th anniversary of the Cairo Conference will take place in
Nairobi. I encourage Member States to participate at the highest levels
and to make firm political and financial commitments to realize the Programme
of Action of the ICPD.
forward the vision of the ICPD will unlock opportunities for those left behind
and help pave the way for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for