UN Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Parliamentarians for Global Action: "Think Global, Act Local" Parliamentarians for Global Action translated their commitment to population and development issues into an official document entitled "Parliamentary Declaration on Population and Development", which was presented at PrepCom 11 on Monday, 17 May 1993. According to this Declaration, this influential group of parliamentarians, representing more than 19 million citizens from 24 different countries, has pledged to act through their national parliaments to promote population and development goals and policies. "The 1994 Cairo Conference must be a springboard to generating political will that ensures that the related issues of population and development are at the top of the political agenda of world leaders for the remainder of the decade". Fighting aid fatigue" Parliamentarians also made clear in their Declaration that there would be no lasting solution to the global population and development crisis without major financial contributions from the developed to the developing world. To that effect, the group echoed the ICPD Secretary-General's call for donor governments to allocate 4% of their official development assistance to population activities, and set the year 2000 as their target date. Governments currently allocate less than 1.5% of official development assistance to population related activities, including family planning. Parliamentarians also referred to the debt problems of many developing nations, and called for more open trade practices between the developed and developing world. Structural Adjustment Programmes were identified as another source of constraint, which further restricted the ability of governments to devote more funds to social sectors.