Sexual and reproductive health

WHO and ICPD beyond 2014

International Conference on Population Development (ICPD)

20th anniversary

The 20th anniversary of the ICPD and its Programme of Action is an opportunity for the global community to reflect on progress made in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, and address remaining challenges.

Disparities in sexual and reproductive health persist, with grave consequences for health and development.

An estimated 222 million women have an unmet need for modern contraception.

About 16 million adolescent girls give birth every year – most in low- and middle-income countries.

An estimated 289 000 deaths occur due to pregnancy-related complications. The incidence of adverse outcomes such as maternal mortality is poorly understood for adolescents.

Complications of unsafe abortions account for an estimated 47 000 maternal deaths.

Female genital mutilation is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

One in three women globally experiences violence, including intimate partner or sexual violence by someone other than a partner, or both.

More than 1 million people acquire a sexually transmitted infection every day.

Portrait of a very young adolescent

An estimated 39 000 child marriages occur globally every day.