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World Population Day 2018 Marks 50 Years Since Family Planning Recognized As Human Right

Thomson Reuters Foundation: 10 facts about the world’s population
“World Population Day, a United Nations’ initiative celebrated every year on July 11 to raise awareness about the exploding world population, focuses on reproductive rights this year to mark 50 years since family planning won recognition as a human right. Here are 10 facts about the world’s population…” (Mosfiliotis, 7/10).

U.N. News: World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says U.N.
“…In her message for the day, UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem took that a step further, saying: ‘Family planning is not only a matter of human rights; it is also central to women’s empowerment, reducing poverty, and achieving sustainable development.’ Yet, in developing regions, the UNFPA chief pointed out that some 214 million women still lack safe and effective family planning, for reasons ranging from lack of information or services, to lack of support from their partners or communities…” (7/10).

USA TODAY: World Population Day: Family planning is a human right — but it comes at a cost
“…With the population today nearing 7.5 billion globally, census experts predict that by 2030 that number will rise to 8.6 billion — roughly adding 83 million people each year to the planet. … Perhaps more concerning is that the U.N. arm designed to help with family planning faces a funding crisis. … If left underfunded, UNFPA anticipates they would be unable to prevent 40 million unintended pregnancies, 15 million abortions, 113,000 maternal deaths, and 710,000 newborn and child deaths…” (Connor, 7/10).

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