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Family planning improvements 'key to population control'
Women across the world need access to family planning support if the global population is to be kept under control, it has been claimed.
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, said there are around 200 million women with an unmet need for modern and effective family planning around the world today.
She suggested that with the global population growing relentlessly, demand for these services will continue to rise, especially in the developing world.
Ms Obaid added: "Just as women and couples need to be able to make their own choices about childbearing - about if and when to have children, they also need to have choices about childrearing and how to successfully balance the responsibilities of work and family life."
She said that the level of success achieved in providing greater access to family planning information and services will determine whether the world population will reach the United Nations median projection of nine billion people or climb to the high projection of 11 billion by 2050.
Earlier this month, United Nations under-secretary-general Noeleen Heyzer urged governments in the Asia and Pacific region to commit to a global action plan linking reproductive health, women's rights and development.