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NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 - From Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, Deputy Minister of Policy and Planning Ahmad Jan Naeem (centre image)spoke at this week’s United Nations General Assembly special session on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014. Senior UN officials also spoke at the gathering, saying that the international community must renew its pledge to protect women and girls as it strives to improve the dignity of all people and secure the future of the planet.
The meeting on Monday marked 20 years since delegates at a landmark conference in Cairo embraced and reinforced the principle that people should be at the centre of development.
Also speaking at the opening of the session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right image) said he looked back with pride on the past 20 years, and looked forward to achieving greater progress for generations to come. In the past two decades, nearly one billion people have escaped poverty; maternal mortality has been reduced by almost 50 per cent, with more women choosing how many children they have and when.
“More laws allow a greater number of people to exercise the rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Charter,” Mr. Ban said.