NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 November 2019

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 concluded in the Kenyan capital, with 170 countries making bold commitments to transform the world by ending all maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls by 2030.

“The Nairobi Summit represents a renewed, re-energized vision and community working together to act and deliver. Together, we will make the next ten years a decade of action and results for women and girls, keeping their rights and choices at the center of everything we do,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem.

The Summit, co-convened by the governments of Kenya and Denmark with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, unveiled critical new data about the cost of achieving these goals. It mobilized more than 1,200 commitments from around the world, including billions of dollars in pledges from public and private sector partners. It also raised the voices of marginalized communities, youth and grassroots advocates, who were able to directly engage heads of state and policymakers about how to realize the rights and health of all people.

The Summit opened with the release of new research showing the price tag to achieve “three transformative results” -- zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning, and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices -- within the next decade. The total cost to the world would be $264 billion, according to the analysis by UNFPA and the Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with Victoria University, the University of Washington and Avenir Health.

Summit attendees then stepped up with specific and concrete commitments to help the world reach these ambitious, but achievable, goals. Pledges were made by governments, civil society, youth groups, faith-based organizations, academia and many more.

Governments including Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, together with the European Commission, committed around $1 billion in support. The private sector also stepped in: Children’s Investment Fund (CIF), The Ford Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, World Vision and many other organizations announced that they will mobilize some $8 billion in combined new pledges.

Over 9,500 delegates from more than 170 countries took part in this radically inclusive conference, uniting behind the Nairobi Statement, which establishes a shared agenda to complete the ICPD Programme of Action.

Ukrainian Minister of Social Policy Yulia Sokolovska voiced out Ukrainian commitments. Ukraine seeks to have a zero tolerance for domestic violence, which will help identify and respond effectively to all cases. About 70% of Ukrainian girls and women have experienced violence.

“Our mission is to reduce a number of cases of gender-based violence, and to provide easy and convenient access to quality and comprehensive services for all victims, including legal protection, social and psychological assistance, medical assistance and rehabilitation. We need to do everything so that society in Ukraine will have zero tolerance for violence and counteracts this phenomenon and the abusers will receive punishment. At the beginning of the next year, we plan to take an important step in combating violence - we are talking about establishing a 24-hour call center on combating human trafficking, preventing and combating domestic violence and the creation of the Unified Register of Domestic Violence Cases and Gender-Based Violence”, said Minister Yulia Sokolovskaya.

Ukraine in Nairobi Summit was also represented by Oleksandr Yarema, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Alexei Zhmerenetsky, Member of Parliament, Maria Efrosinina, the Honorary Ambassador of UNFPA in Ukraine, Prof. Ella Libanova, Director of the Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and by representatives of NGOs - Centre Corporate Social Responsibility, Teenergizer and Positive Women, and FC Shakhtar's manager of social projects.