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Population Growth

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that at the forthcoming G20 Conference the issue of sustainable population growth will be seriously considered, along with ways to meet the needs expressed internationally for family planning services. [HL849]

The London Summit on Stability, Growth and Jobs on 2 April will focus on addressing the economic and financial crisis and restoring faith in globalisation while curbing its excesses, to preserve the open world economy that has helped lift hundreds of millions out of poverty. The London summit will bring together the leaders of the world's major economies and global economic institutions to address the crisis, as requested at the Washington G20 summit last November.

The UK Government have been working hard to ensure the summit also takes steps to protect the poorest from the global recession.

The UK Government remain committed to providing people with reproductive health choices through providing information, supplies and family planning services to enable men and women to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children. This is in line with the international consensus agreed at the International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo in 1994 and reaffirmed at the United Nations World Summit in 2005. We have recently agreed an additional £100 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over five years to improve access to family planning services. We also provide significant resources to support the work of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), as well as other organisations working to promote sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention.