Stockholm 2014: 6th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development) Programme of Action (IPCI)

Stockholm 2014: 6th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development) Programme of Action (IPCI)

The 6th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI) aims to promote dialogue among parliamentarians from all regions of the world on the implementation of the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action, with a view to achieving further commitment to collective action in the areas of resource mobilization and the creation of an enabling policy environment for population and development.

The 6th IPCI/ICPD conference marks the 20th anniversary of the ICPD and the end of the original Cairo mandate. Despite the passage of time, the Cairo Programme of Action has proved to remain relevant and still resonates today as it did in 1994. Therefore, we should redouble our efforts to promote its visionary recommendations in any future development framework, as has already been done with the Millennium Development Goals.

The conference produced a forward-looking and action-oriented declaration and action plan that will build upon previous IPCI Commitments. It will also serve as a launching pad for the second phase of the visionary Cairo Programme and provide parliamentarians with a chance to consider strategic actions needed to significantly boost the implementation of the ICPD.
:: Stockholm Statement of Commitment

:: Declaration on Human Rights:
Declaration adopted by acclamation at the 6th IPCI held in Stockholm, Sweden from 23-25 April 2014 at the request of conference participants
The principles of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development affirm “that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, and are entitled to all rights and freedoms as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without distinction of any kind. These principles underscore the urgent need to eradicate all forms of discrimination and establish the link between dignity and human rights and individual well-being. Yet many people throughout the world, in particular children, adolescent girls, youth, women, older persons, indigenous people, ethnic and visible minorities, LGBTQI, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees and displaced persons, including hosting communities, among others continue to suffer from discrimination, a fact affirmed at the ICPD beyond 2014 regional review meetings.

We express concern that LGBTQI in particular suffer from risk of harassment and physical violence in parts of the world. The commitment to individual well-being cannot co-exist with tolerance of hate crimes or any other form of discrimination against any person, and we request that this issue will be taken up at the 7th IPCI.

We support calls on States and the international community to express grave concern at acts of violence, discrimination and hate crimes committed against individuals on the grounds of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

We note that the ICPD beyond 2014 regional review outcomes contain various commitments requiring States to protect the human rights of all individuals, including the right to gainful employment, residence, access to services and equality before the law.

We call on all States to guarantee equality before the law and non-discrimination for all people, by adopting laws and policies to protect the human rights of all individuals, without distinction of any kind, in the exercise of their social, cultural, economic, civil and political rights.

We also call on all States to promulgate, where absent, and enforce laws to prevent and punish any kind of violence or hate crimes, and to take active steps to protect all persons from discrimination, stigma, and violence, without distinction of any kind.