Mortality tops population concerns, says UN

Posted: 7 May 2004

Child and maternal mortality and AIDS-related deaths are the most pressing population concerns for people in the developing world, while developed countries are most concerned with low fertility and its consequences. But too rapid population growth is also a major concern for many countries, according to a new UN analysis.

World Population Policies 2003, reports that more than half of developing nations - and over three-quarters of African countries - say their populations are growing too quickly.

Nearly half of developed countries, meanwhile, view their population growth rates as too slow, and almost 40 per cent have introduced policies to boost population growth.

While three-fifths of developing countries report that fertility is too high, the same percentage of developed countries find their fertility levels too low, the study said.

The report also found that 90 per cent of countries support the provision of contraceptive methods, either directly or through support of non government sources. The vast majority of countries in the developing world - 80 per cent - said that AIDS is a major concern.

Three-quarters of developed countries listed aging populations as a worry, as did half of developing nations. One-third of countries have policies designed to limit immigration, an increase from just 7 per cent in 1976, the report said.

The report includes population policies in 2003 as well as for mid-decade in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

Source: UN Wire, 29th April, 2004

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