Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • Scotland's birth rate hits new low

    4 December 2003

    In 2002, Scotland recorded its lowest birth rate in the 150 years that such statistics have been kept, according to the latest government figures.

  • Population alert in Egypt and Pakistan

    21 November 2003

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has blamed rapid population growth as the main cause of the country's problems, saying the government could only do so much, according to remarks published in the Government newspaper Al Ahram.

  • Caribbean reaffirms Cairo agenda

    13 November 2003

    Twenty Caribbean countries and territories have reaffirmed their commitment to the action programme of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). They also declared that implementation of the programme is "essential for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals" including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

  • Jobs challenge for Middle East as youth population rises

    23 September 2003

    Arab countries must create millions of new jobs in the next decade or face growing social unrest, the World Bank has warned.

  • Birth rates soar in troubled Africa

    24 July 2003

    Political unrest and war have affected the ability of many developing nations in Africa and Asia to promote family planning and literacy programmes that could reduce soaring birth rates and poverty levels, the author of a new demographic study says.

  • Pakistan launches population plan

    13 May 2003

    "Pakistan cannot be pulled out of the poverty trap with 3 million additional births every year. Efforts to bring down the birth rate must be pursued vigorously through sound population management," President Pervez Musharraf said at the launch of the country's new population policy.

  • Iraq population expected to grow, says UN

    28 April 2003

    Iraq's population is expected to grow from 23.2 million in 2002 to about 26.6 million in 2005, according to figures released this month by the United Nations Population Division.

  • Catholic Church opposes family planning in the Philippines

    25 March 2003

    Widespread resistance to contraception in the Philippines has resulted in one of the highest fertility rates in the world outside of Africa, with Filipino women having an average of 3.4 births, the New York Times reports.

  • Women bring 'fertility revolution' to Thailand

    10 March 2003

    Thailand has probably done more to defuse its population bomb than any other country in Southeast Asia, thanks mainly to its women, says Mechai Viravaidya, a family planning activist and chairman of the country's Population and Community Development Association

  • Vietnam's population still growing

    6 March 2003

    Vietnam's current population of 81.4 million is still growing at the rate of 1.35 per cent per year, according to the UN's World Population Prospects, 2002 Revision, just published. It is set to exceed 100 million by 2025.