Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 8, Population
In 2004, the world population reached 6.4 billion, as compared with 6.3 billion in 2003. While the number of people was greater, the actual rate of increase declined, an indication that the world was beginning to witness the end of rapid population growth. United Nations population activities continued to be guided by the Programme of Action adopted at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The year 2004 also marked the tenth anniversary of ICPD, and through various events, including the commemoration by the United Nations of the anniversary on 14 October, the international community reaffirmed its commitment to the ICPD Programme of Action. The issue of international migration was considered by a number of organizations, both within and outside the UN system, as the Secretary-General reported, and the General Assembly recognized that they could contribute to the high-level dialogue on international migration and development. The Assembly encouraged countries of origin, transit and destination to increase cooperation on migration issues. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) maintained its focus on goals in the areas of reproductive health, population development and poverty, and gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as on HIV/AIDS, humanitarian assistance and adolescent and youth needs. UNFPA established an International Youth Advisory Board and launched the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. Among other publications, it issued the results of its global survey, Investing in People: National Progress in Implementing the ICPD Programme of Action 1994-2004. In 2004, UNFPA's donor base grew to a record 166 countries, and the Fund's income from all sources totalled $506.1 million, compared to $397.9 million in 2003. The Commission on Population and Development, at its 2004 session, reviewed, as its special theme, progress made in achieving the goals and objectives of the ICPD Programme of Action. Other matters discussed by the Commission included financial resources to implement the Programme of Action, world population-monitoring and the activities of the UN Population Division. The Population Division continued to analyse and report on world demographic trends and policies and to make its findings available in publications and on the Internet.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. v. 58; Vol. 58
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