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ASHGABAT/NAIROBI, 12 November 2019 -- Actions to save mothers’ lives, meet the global demand for contraception and stop violence against women and girls by 2030 are the primary focus of a three-day global summit that takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12-14 November 2019.


The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 is happening 25 years after the groundbreaking International Conference on Population and Development, or ICPD, in Cairo where 179 governments unanimously called for the empowerment of women and girls in all spheres of their lives, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.


At the Nairobi Summit, top government officials, including heads of state, parliamentarians and representatives from non-governmental and civil society organisations will announce financial and programmatic commitments, policies and other initiatives with a view to achieving all the goals laid out in the Programme of Action stemming from the ICPD in 1994. So far, more than 1,000 commitments have been made.


The national delegation of Turkmenistan is led by Mr. Arslangylych Gylyjov, Deputy Minister of Health and Medical Industry, and includes Mr. Gurbanmyrat Ashyrov, Head of Committee on Social Policy of the Mejlis, and Mr. Dovlet Chotbayev, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Deputy Minister of Health delivering Turkmenistan's commitments
at the Nairobi Summit

At the Summit, Turkmenistan will also reinforce its political will by highlighting the progress made since 1994 and making financial and policy commitments towards:

  • achieving universal access to reproductive health and improving maternal health,
  • expanding the comprehensive reproductive health education and information for adolescents,
  • promoting gender equality and taking action to prevent gender-based violence, and
  • drawing on quality data to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development.


Globally, an estimated 232 million women want to prevent pregnancy but are not using modern contraception. Each day, more than 800 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth. Each day, an estimated 33,000 girls are forced into marriage. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence during her lifetime. The region is also facing unprecedented demographic change, as populations are getting older and, in some cases, smaller.


Five main issues are the focus in Nairobi: sexual and reproductive health as part of universal health coverage; the funding required to realize all goals of the ICPD’s Programme of Action; demographic diversity and its power to drive economic growth and sustainable development; measures to end gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls; and the right to sexual and reproductive health care, even in humanitarian and fragile contexts.


Discussions in Nairobi will also highlight the necessity and the power of gender equality, youth leadership, political and community leadership, innovation and data, and partnerships to accelerate change – recognising that without achieving ICPD the world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that underpin the 2030 Agenda.


The governments of Kenya and Denmark along with the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, are co-convening the summit, which is also receiving financial or in-kind support from other governments and private partner organizations.




Nairobi Summit on ICPD25:




Livestreaming here:


Live and past sessions:


Nairobi Summit Day 1 recap:


UNFPA’s Imagine video:




For additional information, please contact:

Ayna Seyitliyeva, UNFPA Assistant Representative


Ene Tuyliyeva, Advocacy/Communication Associate


Tel: 488325;