UN Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Dr. Sadik Addresses Economic Committee Achieving an equitable and sustainable future for present and future generations is the greatest challenge facing the international community and all people," ICPD Secretary-General Dr. Nafis Sadik told ECOSOC's Economic Committee on 14 July. The remarks were made during the Council's 1993 substantive session, under the agenda item on "Development and international economic cooperation—population questions". Dr. Sadik drew delegates' attention to three documents: the report on the status of ICPD preparatory activities; the report of the recent session of the UNDP/UNFPA Governing Council; and especially the report of PrepCom 11, including the Chairman's Summary. During the debate, 21 Governments made statements on population and the 1994 Conference. Recurring themes were the need to treat population concerns in an integrated manner with economic development and the environment; the centrality of individual rights and needs; the rights of indigenous people; the increasing impact of ageing; the empowerment of women; migration; and NGO involvement and participation. Dr. Sadik expressed hope that the spirit of collaboration, dialogue and enthusiasm from Governments, UN agencies and organizations and NGOs" would continue to prevail during the 12 months remaining before the Cairo Conference.