Last week, governments and civil society came together for the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD). This CPD was particularly important because 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the negotiated outcome document will influence the development of the post-2015 development agenda.


Unfortunately, despite some strong regional outcome documents, the final CPD negotiated outcome document did not significantly advance the principles of the ICPD Programme of Action or firmly reinforce the link to the post-2015 agenda. Sticking points around adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, abortion and sexual rights, and sexual orientation and gender identity were both regrettable and predictable. Yet, the momentum from strong regional outcome documents like the one from Latin America and the Caribbean infused a renewed sense of urgency around these issues —and brought strident criticism when they were eliminated from the outcome document.

So where does this leave us? Did the 47th CPD take us backward? Well, no. Read our latest issue of 2020Vision for a final look at the good, the bad and the ugly, and what comes next.