Expert group meeting on mortality: Priorities for improved survival: ICPD beyond 2014

New York

21 October 2013 to 22 October 2013


The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) organized an expert group meeting on priorities for improved survival. The meeting took place at the United Nations in New York from 21 to 22 October 2013.

The Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), adopted in Cairo in 1994, was a landmark document that affirmed the inextricable linkages between population, development and human rights. A Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly would be held in September 2014 to assess the status of implementation of the Programme of Action and to renew consensus and global commitment towards its goals and objectives. This expert group meeting brought together experts to reflect on progress and challenges toward achieving the survival goals that were set out in the ICPD Programme of Action. The meeting discussed the opportunities and challenges in further reducing mortality beyond 2014 as well as in the post-2015 development agenda.


Organization of work

Monday, 21 October 2013

Joint with Expert Group Meeting on Fertility, Changing Population Trends and Development: Implications for the Future



Opening session

  • John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division. Opening remarks



Overview of  trends in mortality and fertility since ICPD

  • Cheryl Sawyer, Mortality Section, Population Division. Overview of world mortality trends since ICPD
  • Vladimira Kantorova, Fertility and Family Planning Section, Population Division. Overview of world fertility trends since ICPD



Session 1: a. Priorities for the reduction of child mortality and infectious disease mortality beyond 2014

  • Barney Cohen, Population Division. Moderator



b. Priorities in women's health

  • Barney Cohen, Population Division. Moderator



c. Priorities for reducing non-communicable disease mortality and mortality at older ages 

  • Jorge Bravo, Population Division. Moderator



d. Effective policy and programme approach to improve health

  • Victor Gaigbe-Togbe, Population Division. Moderator



Closing session of day one

  • Barney Cohen, Population Division. Moderator
Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Joint with Expert Group Meeting on fertility, changing population trends andd development: Implications for the future



Summaries and interactive discussions

  • Experts: Alberto Palloni, University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Monica Das Gupta, University of Maryland. Key challenges and opportunities for further progress in improving life Expectancy and responding to implications of fertility trends for the Global development agenda

  • John Wilmoth, Population Division. Moderator 


11:15 – 1:00

     Interactive discussion

  • Experts: Kirsty Newman, DFID, by videolink; and Hans Rosling, Gapminder Foundation. Perspectives on how to improve accessibility and utilization of data and evidence by policymakers    

  • Francesca Perucci, Population Division. Moderator


1:00 – 1:30
  • John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division. Conclusions and future directions



Expert papers


*See report