Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Italy extends rewards for more babies

    20 April 2004

    The Italian Government, worried about the country's falling birth rate, has decided to extend its rewards to mothers who give birth. The cash bonus, introduced last year, for women who have a second child, will now go also to those giving birth to their first child.

  • Niger's population booms

    1 April 2004

    The average woman in Niger now gives birth to eight children during her lifetime, more than her counterparts anywhere else in the world, according to a joint demographic study conducted by the government and the World Bank.

  • Mixed gains for women in China, says UN report

    26 March 2004

    China's impressive economic achievements have left women lagging behind, according to an unprecedented United Nations report on China.

  • Funding shortfall threatens population plan

    23 March 2004

    A lack of money needed to implement the 20-year Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development could lead to big increases in maternal, infant and AIDS-related deaths, the United Nations warns. It could also derail progress towards poverty reduction and development in poor countries.

  • Pakistan tries again to slow growing numbers

    22 March 2004

    The Pakistan Government has unveiled a new six-year plan which aims to reduce the population growth rate from 2.1 per cent to 1.8 per cent. It also hopes to reduce infant mortality and increase rural health capabilities by 70 per cent

  • 'Lost girls' threatens stability in China

    17 March 2004

    China, the world's most populous nation, is facing a serious shortage of women. Official statistics show that in 2002, for every 100 newborn girls, there were 117 boys born. If this trend continues, China will have up to 40 million more men than women by 2020.

  • Four-year plan to advance African women

    4 March 2004

    The UN Development programme has launched an ambitious four-year programme to advance gender issues and promote the role of women in development in Africa.

  • Nine billion people by 2300, projects UN

    20 January 2004

    In its first attempt to assess the size of the world's population two centuries hence, the United Nations projects that today's population of 6.3 billion could rise to 9 billion in 2300.

  • Life expectancy falling in poorest countries

    6 January 2004

    Life expectancy is falling and child mortality is rising in the world's poorest countries as the global gap in healthcare widens, says the WorldHealth Organization.

  • Consumer lifestyle's heavy price

    6 January 2004

    The world is consuming goods and services at an unsustainable pace, with serious consequences for the well-being of people and the planet, reports the Worldwatch Institute in its annual report, State of the World 2004.