Support for the ICPD Programme of Action

Transcribed below is the Statement of Support for the ICPD Programme, to which almost 200 influential government, development, foundation, business and religious leaders, international and youth organisations, scientists and nobel laureates - including Professor Dr. Jerome Karle of the WIF - have put their name. Also included is an accompanying memo which demonstrates very clearly the importance of the ICPD Programme of Action.


Achieving Health, Rights & Development


TO: Signatories of the World Leaders Statement in Support of the ICPD
FROM: Secretariat
DATED: September 29, 2004
SUBJECT: Plans for release of the World Leaders Statement - October 13, 2004

Thank you for agreeing to sign the World Leaders Statement in Support of the ICPD. This update provides information about other distinguished signatories and plans for the release of the Statement.

As you know, the World Leaders Statement reaffirms the historic agreement reached by 179 nations at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The ICPD Programme of Action established a new 20-year vision for progress on behalf of women, health, population and development. Implementation of the Programme of Action is essential for stemming the HIV/AIDS pandemic and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

In conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of the ICPD and reinforcing the upcoming UN General Assembly session on its implementation, the World Leaders Statement is a unique effort linking support from government, business, religion, science and other sectors to underscore and advance ICPD goals. Thank you for joining the extensive list of distinguished leaders who have signed the Statement. Attached, please find a copy of the Statement and a list of signatories.

The World Leaders Statement in Support of the ICPD will be presented to the leadership of the United Nations on Wednesday, October 13' at UN headquarters in New York, just prior to the UN General Assembly review of the ICPD. The Statement will be released to the media and those who agreed to receive media inquiries may hear from reporters on or about October 13th.

Once again, your willingness to lend your name and support to this important effort is greatly appreciated. We will provide you with the final list of signatories after the October 13th presentation, along with information about additional plans for distribution of the Statement. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if the Secretariat can be of assistance to you.


Achieving Health, Rights & Development


In.1994, at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt, the world's governments and civil society committed to an action plan to ensure universal access to reproductive health information and services, uphold fundamental human rights including sexual and reproductive rights, alleviate poverty; secure gender equality; and protect the environment.

Since 1994, both the public and private sectors have made substantial efforts to transform the ICPD's 20-year-plan into reality. Meaningful gains have been made, but much remains to be done. The largest generation of adolescents in history - more than one billion young people - are now entering adulthood in a rapidly changing world. The exponential increases in HIV/AIDS, persistently high levels of death and ill health due to preventable complications from pregnancy and childbirth, inadequate access to family planning services, and weak public health systems are still major challenges.

We are deeply concerned that the gap between rich and poor is growing and that millions of the world's people, but especially women and young people, are highly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, sexual coercion and violence, discrimination, and other violations of their human rights.

We call on leaders in every walk of life to join us in reaffirming the ICPD's vision for human development, social justice, economic progress and environmental preservation. We call on the international community, national governments and private philanthropic organizations, to prioritize and fund the ICPD Programme of Action. By signing this leadership statement, we pledge to do our part.

Current Signatories (as of 29 September 2004)

Government Leaders (Current)
Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic
Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs of the Netherlands
Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prime Minister of Norway
Algirdas Brazauskas, Prime Minister and Former President of Lithuania
Jacques Chirac, President of France
Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Branko Crvenkovski, President of Macedonia
Joseph Deiss, President of Switzerland
Janez Drnovsek, President of the Republic of Slovenia
Gnassingbe Eyadema, President of the Republic of Togo
Heinz Fischer, President of Austria
Vincente Fox Quesada, President of Mexico
Tarja Halonen, President of Finland
Otmar Hasler, Prime Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein
Ion Iliescu, President of Romania
Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana
Jean-Oaude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland
Stjepan Mesic, President of Croatia
Festus Gontebanye Mogae, President of Botswana
Said Musa, Prime Minister of Belize
Kessai H. Note, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Apolo R Nsibambi, Prime Minister of Uganda
Tassos Papadopoulos, President of the Republic of Cyprus
Göran Persson, Prime Minister of Sweden
Pedro Pires, President of Cape Verde
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
Arnold Rüütel, President of the Republic of Estonia
Jorge de Branco Sampaio, President of Portugal
Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo
Gerhard Schröeder, Chancellor of Germany
Rudolf Schuster, President of the Slovak Republic
Ludwig D. Scotty, President of the Republic of Nauru
Shinawatra Thaksin, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
Lyonpo Jigme Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan
Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia
Vladimir Voronin, President of Moldova

Government Leaders (Former)
Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari, Former President of Finland, Crisis Management Initiative
Oscar Arias Sanchez, Former President of Costa Rica
Gro Harlem Brundtland, MD and MPH, Former Prime Minister of Norway Director General Emeritus World Health Organization
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil
Ingvar Carlsson, Former Prime Minister of Sweden
Guido De Marco, Former President of Malta
Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Former President of Iceland
Inder Kumar Gujral, Former Prime Minister of India
Geoffrey Arama Henry, Former President of the Cook Islands
Janet Jagan, Former President of Guyana
Michal Kovac, Former President of the Slovak Republic
Pascoal Mocumbi, Former Prime Minister of Mozambique
Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, Former President of Burundi
Nassour G. Ouaïdon, Former Prime Minister of Chad
Ochirbat Punsalmaa, Former President of Mongolia
Moeen A. Qureshi, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland; Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Anibal Cavado Silva, Former Prime Minister of Portugal
Mario Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares, Former President of Portugal
Abdurahman Wahid, Former President of Indonesia

Leaders in Development
Jose Barzelatto, Vice President, The Center for Health and Social Policy
Robert Black, Johns Hopldns Bloomberg School of International Health
Ruth Cardoso, Ph.D, President, Comunidade Solidaria
Jimmy Carter, Former President of the US, Founder of The Carter Center
Liang Dan, Director, Investment and Technology Promotion Branch, UNIDO
Stephen Isaacs, President, The Center for Health and Social Policy
Carl Kendall, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Graca Machel, Former First Lady of Mozambique; Chancellor of the University of Cape Town
Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, International Steering Committee for the Advancement of Rural Women
Hisashi Owada, Judge, International Court of Justice
Nafis Sadik, MD, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General; Former Executive Director of UNFPA
Fred Sai, Presidential Adviser, Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS
Andrew Young, Chairman, Good Works Intemational
Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D., Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank

Nobel Laureates
Philip Anderson, Princeton University
Kenneth Arrow, Stanford University
Nicolaas Bloembergen, University of Arizona
Arvid Carlsson, Göteborg University
Richard R. Ernst, ETH Ziirich
Val L Fitch, Princeton University
Jerome Friedman, MIT University
Robert F. Furchgott, SUNY Health Science Center
Nadine Gordimer, Author
Dudley Herschbach, Harvard University
Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University
Jerome Karle, President, World Innovation Foundation
Klaus von Klitzing, Max Planck Institute
Aaron Klug, MRC Laboratoryof Molecular Biology
Sir Harold Kroto, University of Sussex
Yuan T. Lee, President Academia Sinica
Jean-Marie Lehn, College of France
Rita Levi-Montalcini, Institute of Neurobiology
Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Activist
Norman F. Ramsey, Harvard University
Burton Richter, SLAC
Richard J. Roberts, New England Biolabs
Jack Steinberger, European Center for Nuclear Research
Henry Taube, Stanford University
Charles H Townes, Universityof California, Berkeley

Business Leaders
Tony Barclay.President & CED, Development Alternatives, Inc.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Vice Chairman & CEO, Nestle SA
lan Cockerill, CEO, Gold Fields Ltd.
Lawrence Cooley, President, Management Systems International
Jack Garvey CEO, The Crown Agents for Oversea Governments and Administrations Ltd
Thulani S. Gcabashe, CEO, Eskom
William Haseltine, Human Genome Sciences
Mary Ann Leeper, President & CEO, The Female Health Company
Paul Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Voxiva Inc.
B. Muthuraman, Managing Director, Tata Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.
Joseph Saba, CEO, The Axios Foundation
Roger Sant, Co-Founder, The AES Corporation
Ratan N. Tata, Chairman, Tata Industries Limited
Tony Trahar, CEO, Anglo American Plc.
Ted Turner, Chairman, Turner Enterprises

Foundation Leaders
Margaret Ayers, Executive Director, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Susan V. Beresford, President, Ford Foundation
Paul Brest, President, The William SC Flora Hewlett Foundation
Cindie Carroll-Pankherst, President, The Brush Foundation
Gordon Conway, Pxesident, Rockefeller Foundation
Victor DeLuca, President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Edith Eddy, Executive Director, Compton Foundation Inc.
Jonathon F. Fanton, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Stephen Foster, Executive Director, Overbrook Formdation
Mardi Kildebeck, Trustee, Mary Wohlford Foundation
Carol S. Larson, President & CEO, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation
Ed Miller, President, WestWind Foundation
Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Institute
Kavita Ramdas, President & CEO, Global Fund for Women
Victoria Sant, President, The Summit Foundation
Sandra Silverman, President, The Scherman Foundation
Karen R Sollins, Chair, The Scherman Foundation
Mary Ann Stein, President, Moriah Fund
Haryono Suyono, Vice Chairman, Damandiri Foundation
Rien Van Gendt, Executive Director, Van Leer Group Foundation
Henry Scott Wallace, President, Wallace Global Fund
Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation

International Institutions
Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF
Anwarul K. Chowdhury, United Nations Under-Secretary General, High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS
Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director, UNIFEM
Enrique V. Iglesias, President, Inter-American Development Bank
Donald J.Johnston, Secretary General, OECD
Stephen Lewis, Ambassador and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Africa
Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator to the Executive Board, UNDP
Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA
Peter Piot, Executive Director, UN-AIDS
Romano Prodi, President, European Commission
Rubens Ricupero, Secretary General, UNCTAD
Jean-Louis Sarbib, Senior Vice President, Human Development Network, The World Bank
Religious Leaders
Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths
F. Peter Brinkman, Associate Director, International Committee for Peace Council
Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, Chair, Global Women's Peace Initiative
Rev. Ray Buchanan, President & CEO, Stop Hunger Now
Janice Clark, World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women
Farid Esack, Ethics, Religion & Society Chair, Xavier University
Blu Greenberg, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
Frank T. Griswold III, Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Church
Joseph C. Hough Jr, President, Union Theological Seminary
Daniel C. Maguire, President, Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics
James B. Martin-Schramm, Associate Professor of Religion, Luther College
Dena Merriam, Convener, Global Peace Initiative of Women Leadership
Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales
James Parks Morton, Founder & President, The Interfaith Network of New York
Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Nevada
John H. Thomas, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
Desmond M. Tutu, Former Archbishop, South African Council of Churches

Razmik Abrahamyan, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University
Fawzi Elrefaie, President, Academy of Science and Research Technology
John Gibbons, Former Science Advisor to the President of the United States
Sa'ad Hijazi, President, Royal Scientific Society
Risto Ihamuotila, President, Finnish Academies of Science and Letters
Helena Illnerova, DSc., President, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Eduardo Moacyr Krieger, President, Brazilian Academy of Sciences
Willem J.M. Levelt, President, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University
Robert May, President, The Royal Society
Jim Peacock, President, Australian Academy of Science
C. N. R. Rao, President, Third World Academy of Sciences
Allan Rosenfield, Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Felicia Stewart, MD, University of California San Francisco, Reproductive Health Research and Policy
Alica Wertheimer-Baletic, Vice President, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University
George Woodwell, President, Woods Hole Research
Lu Yongxiang, President, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chen Zhu, Co-Chair, InterAcademy Panel on International Issues

Åsa Bjering, President, National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations
Leslie Bulman, Chief Executive, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Donald Tinotenda Charumbira, Secretary General, World Assembly of Youth
Jeppe Bruus Christensen, Chairman, Danish Youth Council
Audrey Elster, Programme Manager, African Youth Alliance
Christoffer Gronstad, Norwegian Youth Council
Kevin Hickey, President, National Youth Council of Ireland
Patricia LaRue, Executive Coordinator, Youth Coalition
Edford G. Mutuma, Chairperson, Young Africans Advocates for Rights
Scott Paul, Chairperson, Sustain US
George Stasinos, President, Hellenic Youth Council of Greece
Anneke Wensing, Youth Coordinator, CHOICE
Yanina Zinchenko, Chairperson, Belarusian Union of Youth and Children's Public Associations

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