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We work to promote policy dialogue on various facets of demographic change across the UNECE region, with a particular focus on ageing.

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Regional Report on the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action
Ensuring Rights and Choices amid Demographic Change

As the international community prepares to mark the 30th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994, UNECE and UNFPA have collaborated to evaluate achievements and setbacks in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in the UNECE region. The report highlights how recent crises have impacted key population and development trends in the region, identifies areas where it is necessary to accelerate efforts and provides examples of concrete policy responses to both long-standing and emerging issues. The review indicates overall improvements in outcomes in most priority areas, but progress has continued to be uneven across the region and within countries. Recent setbacks and multiple and overlapping forms of inequality and discrimination continue to prevent individuals from realizing their full potential.

The report was prepared to inform the UNECE Regional Conference on ICPD30 ‘Population and Development: Ensuring Rights and Choices’ which took place on 19-20 October 2023 in Geneva. It will also inform the global review of ICPD30 at the 57th session on the Commission on Population and Development in April 2024.

Read the Regional Report here

See Highlights from the Conference Discussions here


  • UNECE issued three new training tools for mainstreaming see our thematic page to access our new online course and learn about guidelines, tools, country experiences and road maps.

  • UNECE's latest Policy Brief on Ageing focuses on Older Persons in Vulnerable Situations. Read the Policy Brief and its key messages here.