Nova Riyanti Yosuf, member of Indonesian Parliament for the House of Representatives (democratic party) took part in the debate, delivering a strong reminder on the role of youth and education in the creation of a better and more sustainable world. – Poverty never introduces the meaning of dreams, she said, putting emphasis on youth and how to make them reach their full potential.
Women empowerment, sexual and reproductive health rights, maternal death and health information were among the themes discussed at the interactive forum. On several occasions, the speakers received standing ovations by the audience on their powerful and important speeches. Other speakers at the event included President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati, former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, and former President Tarja Halonen of Finland.
In 1994 The International Conference on Population and Development was held in Cairo, Egypt. Ambitious goals were set on improving sexual and reproductive health rights. 179 countries commited to implement the important goals by 2015. Next week is the time to review the ICPD Programme of Action, where emphasis is set on the clear interconnection between population, economic growth and human rights.
The 47th commission on population and development will take place in the UN Headquarters in New York from the 7th to the 11th of April.
Read more about the ICPD Beyond 2014 here
Watch this video to see why the commitments made then are as important today as they were 20 years ago.