London, 26th October 2011: UNFPA has published this year's State of World Population report, People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion, today. The report examines emerging population trends and makes the case for sound planning and investing in people, as the world approaches the 7 billion milestone on 31st October.
In his introduction to the report Dr Babatunde Osotmehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, reaffirmed the importance of reproductive health, saying “governments that are serious about eradicating poverty should also be serious about providing the services, supplies, information that women need to exercise their reproductive rights.”
Yet, many women are still unable to exercise these rights. Globally, some 215 million women want to take the decision to use family planning, but can’t. As one of the largest international family planning organisations in the world, Marie Stopes International remains committed to giving women the choice of a range of quality family planning and reproductive healthcare services.
And as the world population nears 7 billion, Marie Stopes International is partnering with UNFPA for the 7 Billion Actions campaign, raising awareness around reproductive healthcare and the empowerment of women and girls.
To mark the launch, an event was co-hosted in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by the EPWG, the Working Group on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Development in the European Parliament, to which Marie Stopes International acts as Secretariat. Speakers included Ms Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP, Chair of EPWG, and Sietske Steneker, Director of UNFPA’s Brussels Office.
Read the State of World Population report 2011
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