News Selection – World Population
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on World Population.
Minority groups excluded from global progress on reproductive health
10/4/2019: Despite global gains in securing sexual and reproductive rights over the past 50 years, many population groups are still left behind, according to a report released by the UN Population Fund. Source: Devex
2, 4, 8 and ? billion people
1/4/2019: Two, four and eight billion people is the extraordinary doubling and redoubling of the world’s population that occurred in slightly less than a century. Is that record-breaking demographic growth likely to be repeated in the 21st century? Source: Inter Press Service
Trump expands global gag rule
26/3/2019: The extension of the global gag rule would not only cut funding to foreign non-governmental organisations directly involved in abortions or abortion rights advocacy, but also those who support other groups which provide or discuss abortion. Source: The Guardian
Hungary gives tax breaks to boost population
10/2/2019: Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced tax benefits and subsidies to encourage families to have more children. He said the policy was meant to create more Hungarians instead of promoting EU-backed immigration.
In Nigeria, Trump administration policies bite hard
5/2/2019: UNFPA Nigeria lost over 60% of its family planning funds within one year, in a country that is facing a potentially crippling population boom.
Experts urge Egypt to rethink two-child population strategy
3/1/2019: Egypt's population now exceeds 100 million and a government programme called “two is enough” has been launched to encourage people to limit family size. But Egypt has a long way to go in persuading its people. Source: The Guardian
Falling total fertility rate should be welcomed
26/:12/2018: Declining fertility rates around the world should be cause for celebration, not alarm, a leading expert has said, warning that the focus on boosting populations was outdated and potentially bad for women. Source: The Guardian
Progress on family planning way off target, FP2020 update reveals
13/11/2018: The latest annual report from the Family Planning 2020 Partnership concludes that it will be impossible to achieve the target of reaching 120 million more women and girls in the world’s 69 poorest countries with modern contraceptives by 2020. Source: Devex
Modern contraception prevents over 100 million unplanned pregnancies
12/11/2018: A groundbreaking new report on family planning in the world’s 69 lowest-income countries shows more women and adolescent girls than ever before are making the voluntary choice to use contraception in their everyday lives. Source: Family Planning 2020
UN report calls on all countries to target universal reproductive health services
17/10/2018: Continued progress on decreasing fertility rates and family size is dependent on health systems providing universally accessible reproductive health services, according to the United Nations Population Fund. Source: Devex