UN Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Egypt to Host 1994 Conference Egypt will host the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo from 5 to 13 September 1994. The Economic and Social Council, acting upon the recommendation of the Economic Committee, adopted a resolution on 30 July 1992 accepting Egypt's offer to host the 1994 event. At a press conference on 3 August, Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive Director of UNFPA and SecretaryGeneral of the Conference, expressed her gratification for Egypt's offer. She noted that this would be the first international population conference to take place in Africa, a region that had the world's highest population growth rate, and one that was grappling very seriously with population issues. Egypt, she said, had made remarkable progress on the population front, and had reduced its population growth rate considerably. Also present were Dr. Mohamed Noman Galal, Charge d'affaires of the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations, and Mr. Shunichi Inoue, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference and Director of the Population Division in the Department of Economic and Social Development. Dr. Galal reiterated his country's commitment to the success of the 1994 Conference, and said his Government was gratified that its offer had been accepted. Egypt, he said, was an important crossroads, not just geographically, but politically and socially. It was a link between the world's oldest civilizations and the newer, technologically-oriented ones. As the host country, Egypt will be responsible for providing premises and facilities for the conference as well as funding the travel of United Nations staff and covering support costs. Cairo's state-of-the-art International Conference Centre will be the venue for the nine-day meeting. The Centre, which can accommodate over 4,000 persons, is ideally located in Nasr City, 15 minutes from Cairo's International Airport and near a number of modern hotels. It is equipped with audio-visual systems, computers, voting systems, facilities for simultaneous translation, a business centre, press centre, exhibition area and banquet facilities. Economic and Social Council resolution 1992/37 International Conference on Population and Development The Economic and Social Council, Recalling its resolutions 1989/91 of 26 July 1989 and 1991/93 of 26 July 1991, 1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary General of the International Conference on Population and Development on the preparations for the Conference; 1/ 2. Accepts with gratitude the offer of the Government of Egypt to host the Conference; 3. Decides to convene the Conference in Cairo from 5 to 13 September 1994. 1/ E/19g2160.