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Religion Counts: The Rome Statement on the International Conference on Population and Development

January 5, 1999

A statement of the Rome meeting of Religion Counts held in January 1999, this document stresses the importance of religion in global development, particularly regarding population and gender issues. It describes the role of religion in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) "Programme of Action." The document outlines the shared values of ICPD and Religion Counts, including equality, justice, freedom, and respect, and calls for a commitment to principles and partnerships between governmental and non-governmental organizations, including religious communities and FBOs. The statement is a response to the International Conference on Population and Development, published by the Park Ridge Center for Health, Faith, and Ethics as well as Catholics for a Free Choice partnered under the organizational title Religion Counts.

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