08 November 2019

EWEC Guide to the Nairobi Summit: 12 – 14 November 2019

25 years ago at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, 179 governments adopted a landmark Programme of Action that set out to harness the individual power of women and girls for the benefit of themselves, their families, communities and nations.

Over the years, incredible gains have been made but many people are being left far behind, especially young people and other marginalized groups who still lack agency, education and access to critical health services. To reach Agenda 2030, we must act NOW. We must fulfill the goals outlined in the ICPD Programme of Action. 

From 12-14 November, the governments of Kenya and Denmark and UNFPA are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, a high-level conference, to mobilize the political will and financial commitments we urgently need to finally and fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action. These commitments will be centered around achieving zero unmet need for family planning information and services, zero preventable maternal deaths and zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.

The Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy is committed to transform societies so that women, children and adolescents everywhere can realize their rights to the highest attainable standards of health and well-being. This is achieved by creating enabling environments for health that will in turn deliver enormous social, demographic and economic benefits and lead to sustainable development. 

In line with the EWEC Global Strategy, the ICPD25 summit seeks to capitalize on the gains made thus far for women, children and adolescents. It represents a turning point in the momentum towards the progress and achievement of Agenda 2030 and its targets as well as the realization of SRHR within UHC. With the adoption of the political declaration on UHC, governments, civil society, the private sector, individuals etc. have a clear path to make actionable political and financial commitments towards fulfilling the promise of the Programme of Action and ensuring the holistic health and well-being of women, girls and young people everywhere.

What will the summit cover?

The Summit will take an integrated approach by highlighting the power of gender equality, youth leadership, political and community leadership, innovation and data, and partnerships to accelerate progress throughout:

  1. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage.
  2. Financing required to complete the ICPD Programme of Action, and to sustain the gains made.
  3. Drawing on demographic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development.
  4. Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.
  5. Upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care even in humanitarian and fragile contexts.


Engaging in person or online?

Here is a list of events in which members of the EWEC High-level Steering Group, including GFF and PMNCH, will be engaged in and championing the EWEC mandate around the rights of women, children and young people.


The full Nairobi Summit interactive programme can be found here


EWEC and Partner Event

EWEC is co-organizing an open dialogue session with the UNFPA Strategic Partnerships branch focused on how can we leverage the reach, ingenuity and financial power of the private sector to accelerate progress towards fulfilling the promise of ICPD and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Title: Closing the Gap: How the Strategic Private Partners Can Fulfill the Promise of ICPD for Women & Girls

Date – Time: Tue, 12 November – 15:00 – 16:30 EAT

Location: Amphitheater








We look forward to seeing you next week in Nairobi and online!

Engaging online?

  1. Check out EWEC’s Advocacy Toolkit and suggested messages for ICPD25 here.
  2. Check out UNFPA’s Social Media assets here.



Photo credit: Dominic Chavez/GFF