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Secretary of State Clinton to Deliver Major Speech Renewing U.S. Support For Universal Access to Reproductive Health Worldwide

December 29, 2009

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a major speech Friday, January 8, 2010, to mark the 15th year of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Secretary Clinton will announce the U.S. Government's renewed support for and dedication to reaching the ICPD goals and other related UN agreements, including the Millennium Development Goals, by 2015.

The speech will be live streamed on starting at approximately 2:30 pm. A transcript and video of of the speech will be posted on this site following the event.

At the 1994 ICPD held in Cairo, Egypt, 179 nations reached consensus on actions needed to achieve universal access to education, especially for girls; reductions in infant, child and maternal mortality, and universal access to reproductive health over the next 20 years.

Many United Nations conferences and international meetings have reaffirmed the ICPD "Cairo Consensus", including the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, that established the Beijing Platform for Action, and the 2000 Millennium Summit, that established the Millennium Development Goals. These mutually reinforcing commitments are the cornerstones of population and development policies for the international community.

Recent polls show that a majority of Americans across the ideological spectrum strongly support the principles in the worldwide consensus reached at the ICPD, including providing voluntary family planning and reproductive health services.

Millions of lives have been improved and saved through effective and affordable reproductive health programs, which have proven to prevent the deaths of women and children, reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, grow economies and preserve natural resources.

Though successful programs exist, far more progress needs to be made. To achieve the ICPD's goals in the next five years, a sustained, long-term commitment is needed by both the public and private sectors.

Take this opportunity to view Secretary Clinton's speech, host viewing parties and take action to support ICPD 2015 throughout the holiday season and new year.

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Many Thanks,

ICPD 2015 Planning Group:

Peggy Clark, David Devlin-Foltz, Lisa Molinaro and Rosann Wisman, Aspen Institute
Ketayoun Darvich-Kodjouri, CEDPA
Kathy Bonk, Beth Fredrick, Airlia Gustafson, Michele Manatt, Dianne Ross Bock and Nicole Tidwell, CCMC
David Olson, Global Health Council
Sneha Barot, Susan Cohen and Joerg Dreweke, Guttmacher Institute
Ellen Marshall, GoodWorks Group
Jeff Meer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Suzanne Ehlers, Michael Khoo and Caroline Behringer, Population Action International 
Sarah Craven and Rachel Seelig, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund
Jess Bowers, Maureen Greenwood-Basken, Kathy Hall, Tamara Kreinin, Helen Luryi, Ingrid Madden, Leah Meadows and Yolanda Taylor, United Nations Foundation


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