UNFPA Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin
United Nations Population Fund State of World Population report launch - 'By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development'
26 November 2012
From left to right: Senator Louise Pratt, PGPD Chair Senator Claire Moore, Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Bob Carr, UNFPA Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Kelvin Thomson MP, PGPD Vice Chair Dr Mal Washer, CARE Australia CEO Dr Julia Newton-Howes, Senator Richard Di Natale
222 million women in developing countries are unable to exercise the human right to voluntary family planning.
This flagship report analyzes data and trends to understand who is denied access to contraceptives and why. It examines challenges in expanding access to family planning. And it considers the social and economic impact of family planning as well as the costs and savings of making it available to everyone who needs it.
The report asserts that governments, civil society, health providers and communities have the responsibility to protect the right to family planning for women across the spectrum, including those who are young or unmarried.
Nevertheless, the report finds that financial resources for family planning have declined and contraceptive use has remained mostly steady. In 2010, donor countries fell $500 million short of their expected contribution to sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries. Contraceptive prevalence has increased globally by just 0.1 per cent per year over the last few years.
Access the report here