85 Countries Sign International Population Agreement on Family Planning, HIV/AIDS; U.S. Does Not Sign
October 14, 2004
Eighty-five countries on Wednesday signed a statement reaffirming commitment to reproductive health- and HIV/AIDS-related population and health goals agreed to 10 years ago at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, the AP/Philadelphia Inquirer reports. More than 250 world leaders -- including presidents, prime ministers and Nobel Prize winners -- endorsed the goals of ensuring a woman's right to education, health care and reproductive choices (Lederer, AP/Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/14). During the Cairo conference, 179 countries approved a plan to enhance the reproductive health and rights of women throughout the world. Targets set at the conference aim to provide family planning options and education to prevent unwanted pregnancies as a way to reduce world poverty and hunger and improve women's rights in developing countries (Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report, 8/27). The statement approved by 85 countries on Wednesday reaffirms the commitment "to an action plan to ensure universal access to reproductive health information and services; uphold fundamental human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights; alleviate poverty; secure gender equality; and protect the environment." The statement also says that despite progress, poor nations are facing an exponential increase in HIV/AIDS, "persistent high levels" of death from pregnancy and birth complications and inadequate access to family planning, according to Reuters (Leopold, Reuters, 10/13).
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