Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • 7 billion people now expected by 2011

    13 August 2009

    The world's population is set to reach 7 billion in 2011, a year earlier than expected, and most of the growth is occurring in the developing world, according to the 2009 World Population Data Sheet.

  • World must act now to prevent contraceptive crisis

    18 July 2009

    As the world focuses on the global economic crisis, one of the most trusted, most cost-effective and proven poverty-reduction interventions is in danger of being marginalised and neglected, according to a new report. The measure is contraceptive services.

  • Family planning funding continues to fall

    14 July 2009

    Despite the urgent need for family planning, expenditure on global provision continues to fall, which may make the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) difficult or impossible to achieve.

  • World population to top 9 billion by 2050

    19 May 2009

    World population is projected to reach 7 billion early in 2012, up from the current 6.8 billion, and surpass 9 billion people by 2050, reveals the 2008 Revision of the official United Nations population estimates and projections.

  • Population trends are linked to climate change says report

    30 April 2009

    Strong evidence exists showing that demographic change is closely associated with greenhouse gas emissions, and that population dynamics will play a key role in attempts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of changes in the climate system in the future, a new study has found.

  • $65 billion needed for population work says UN commission,

    16 April 2009

    Investments of $64.7 billion are needed in 2010 for population programmes that are essential to reduce poverty, promote development and curtail maternal death, according to a major revision of previous estimates. The revised figures - which reflect the quickening interest in population issues - were approved by United Nations Members at the closing session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) last Friday.

  • Family planning: myths versus facts

    10 April 2009

    Funding for international family planning programmes in developing countries has declined by 30 per cent since the mid-1990s. Decisions by policymakers and donors to reduce investments in contraceptive services and supplies were based on plausible-sounding-but misguided-arguments, according to a new study.

  • Uganda revises its population plan

    18 February 2009

    With Uganda's population expected to double to 55 million in the next 20 years, there are clearly serious implications for the future development of the country, says the Daily Monitor. This leading, privately owned newspaper, outlines how the government's revised population policy aims to tackle the issue.

  • Obama ends Gag Rule and pledges UNFPA funding

    24 January 2009

    President Barack Obama has acted fast to abolish the Global Gag Rule, which has restricted US funding for family planning and reproductive health, and pledged to work to restore a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reversing a Bush administration policy which cut off funding.

  • Five former USAID officials ask Obama for leadership on family planning

    22 January 2009

    Five former directors of the Population and Reproductive Health Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have urged the new Obama administration to move quickly to restore US leadership in global family planning.