ICPD Beyond 2014 Operational Review: A concept note on the Global Survey  


General Assembly Resolution 65/234 on the follow-up to the ICPD beyond 2014 calls on UNFPA, in cooperation with all relevant organizations of the UN system and other relevant international organizations, to “undertake an operational review of the implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) on the basis of the highest-quality data and analysis of the state of population and development, taking into account the need for a systematic, comprehensive and integrated approach to population and development issues”.

Two reports will be prepared based on this operational review for the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in 2014 and the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the ICPD Beyond 2014 of the same year. The first will be a comprehensive global report on the state of population and development reflecting population trends, data and information from national, regional and other sources and the second will be the report of the Secretary-General which will include the main messages from the global report. Together they will constitute a major reference for the discussion and implementation of population and development policies and programmes beyond 2014.

Operational Review

The operational review will comprise a series of interrelated activities including: a Global Survey, country consultations, regional consultations, thematic reports, in-depth studies and expert group meetings.

The Global Survey will be the core element of the operational review and its results will serve to develop a more comprehensive monitoring framework with more suitable indicators of implementation, updated baselines and new targets. 

NGOs will be invited to participate in the development and at all other stages of the Global Survey. According to UNFPA,  it will be a formal and systematic survey to be carried out in all countries to gather information on the implementation of key elements of the Programme of Action, focussing on “progress made so far, the identification of facilitating factors, the gaps and constraints limiting implementation, and emerging issues that require attention.” To meet the requirements of the “highest quality data and analysis” as stipulated in GA Resolution 65/234, it will be based on a common methodology that ensures comparability of results across countries.

Up-to-date information on the involvement of NGOs will be posted on this website as it becomes available.




Preparation of the Indicator Framework for the Global Survey

June –Sept  2011

Prepare  list of indicators in consultation with partners

October 2011

Convene an Expert Group Meeting to discuss the list of indicators

July-Nov 2011

Design the Country Implementation Profiles (CIP) and

design and test the modules of the Global Survey

Nov- Dec 2011

Translate  the modules of the Global Survey  and the CIP

(French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian)




Implementation of the Global Survey

January 2012

Start the Global Survey process

Nov 2011 -April 2012

Carry out the compilation and data processing for the CIPs

May 2012

Distribute CIPs and Global Survey modules  to country offices

June- Sept 2012

Conduct the country consultation process to fill out the Global Survey




Data processing and preparation of regional reports

Nov 2012 -Jan 2013

Produce database with the results of the Global Survey

Feb-April 2013

Conduct analysis of Global Survey results and prepare regional reports



May-Aug 2013

Regional Review Meetings




Preparation of reports for the United Nations

August- Dec 2013

Conduct analysis at global level and incorporate results of regional

review meetings in the drafting of both the long and the short reports

on the operational review

Jan 2014

Complete Report of the SG on the Operational Review

Jan-Mar 2014

Contribute to the preparation of the SG’s index report for UNGASS




Global Inter-governmental Meetings

April 2014

47th session of the Commission on Population and Development

April/May 2014

International Parliamentarians Conference

June 2014

Special Annual Session of UNFPA’s Executive Board

October 2014

UN General Assembly’s Special Session on ICPD Beyond 2014 (UNGASS)

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