Twenty years after the first International Conference on Population and Development, a billion people have moved out of extreme poverty, literacy rates in some of the world’s least developed countries are on the rise, life expectancy is up and yet there remains far more to do.

The place was Egypt, the year, 1994. The number of governments present was 179. The issue on the table was, well, everything.

The acronym known to a knot of international development experts, activists and heads of state as the “ICPD” is a relatively obscure reference to the rest of the world.

It refers to a landmark gathering, the International Conference on Population and Development, where world leaders unanimously agreed to a remarkable set of goals to tackle some of the most pressing problems of the time: gaping inequalities, ragged poverty and environmental degradation. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog