The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations University jointly organized a meeting of eminent persons from 26-27 January 1994 at the University's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, in conjunction with the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Approximately 20 prominent international figures were invited to attend the meeting. Key issues of the ICPD were taken up by the participants, including: population, food and security; population and family planning activities; population and the status of women; and population distribution and migration.

More than fifty members of parliament from different parts of the world met to discuss their role in ICPD and population issues on 6 April 1994, at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The seminar was organized by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), the Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (IAPG), the Global Committee of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (GCPPD), the International Planned Parenthood Federation and UNFPA.