In 1994, representatives from 179 governments agreed to participate in a program linking reproductive rights and population concerns, prompting significant policy changes in many countries and granting women increased reproductive freedom.
These representatives and others will meet in The Hague next week to discuss what progress has been made so far and to develop additional strategies for future actions. Participants will listen to speakers and panel discussions, and participate in round-table meetings. Scheduled speakers include First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frichette and others.
Reports from next week’s meeting will be summarized and presented to the Commission on Population and Development this March before they are announced during an United Nations General Assembly meeting scheduled for June 30-July 2 in New York.