International Conference on Population, 6-14 August 1984, Mexico City
Further Implementaton of the World Population Plan of Action
The International Conference on Population, held in August 1984, reviewed and endorsed most aspects of the agreements of the 1974 Bucharest Conference.
Representatives of 147 Member States attended the Conference (of the UN's 157 Member States in 1984). At the time 123 countries were promoting family planning.
The Conference adopted the in order to incorporate the results of the latest research and data provided by Governments. Several key Member States had changed positions compared to those they had in 1974. The United States now considered population a neutral phenomenon for development. Many developing countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan expressed their firm support for family planning and population programmes. Many developed countries, including Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom stated their willingness to increase their support for population programmes. The United States stated its policy of not funding any programmes facilitating abortion.
The human rights of individuals and families, conditions of health and well-being, employment and education were some of the issues highlighted in the Declaration signed at the Conference. Other significant issues were the intensification of international cooperation and the pursuit of greater efficiency in adopting policy decisions relating to population.