To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the trajectory-changing International Conference on Population and Development, also in tandem with UNFPA at the age of 50.
I attended the official celebration in my capacity as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West and Central Africa.
The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo was a milestone in the history of population and development, as well as in the history of women’s rights.
World population has grown from 3.6 billion in 1969 to 7.7 billion today (in Nigeria from 140.4 million in 2006 to 194 million in 2018 at a growth rate of 3.2%).
Demographic trends are more diverse- aging in the developed world, youth bulge and underemployment in the developing world.
There is increased urbanization, mobility and displacement as well as the threat of climate change among others.
In Nigeria, one in four women who are in need of family planning services does not have access. Untold millions of women affected by war or disaster are cut off from reproductive health services.
The event called for full implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in Nigeria because of its link to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More investment should be done for women and girls, especially in the area of reproductive health services.