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POPULATION SPECIAL REPORT
UK parliamentarians deplore 'the lost decade'

by John Rowley

A whole decade has been lost in the struggle to slow population growth in the poorest developing countries, says a hard-hitting all-party report by UK parliamentarians. It warns that the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to eradicate poverty and ensure a sustainable environment, will be ‘difficult or impossible to achieve’ unless much greater efforts are made to slow soaring numbers in the least developed countries, where more than 90 per cent of the growth is projected to occur. ... more

Indian state says it will learn from Pakistan
The Madhya Pradesh government has been inspired from the most unlikely of places - Pakistan - to devise a family planning programme for the Muslim community based on a 'Pakistani model' that advocates use the religious texts and clerics for awareness campaign as well as the mosque to distribute contraceptives. ... more

China eases the one-child policy
Recent reports from official sources in China claim that the country's one-child policy has averted some 400 million births, but that China is still expected to add 200 million people to its population in the next 30 years. Now, the government has announced that the one-child policy will be seriously modified. ... more

France celebrates baby boom
France had more babies in 2006 than in any year in the past quarter century, capping a decade of rising fertility that has bucked Europe's greying trend, says a report in The Independent newspaper. ... more

Pakistan mosques to preach family planning
Mosques across Pakistan will soon distribute contraceptives and literature to spread awareness about the importance of family planning and safe sex. ... more

Human footprint too big for nature
The world’s natural ecosystems are being degraded at a rate unprecedented in human history, according to a new report by the global conservation organisation WWF. ... more

US population hits 300 million, but is it sustainable?
by Andrew Buncombe

The population of the United States passed 300 million in the middle of October. No one knows exactly where, no one know precisely when. It is a milestone for sure but is this a cause for celebration or anxiety? ... more

Population growth threatens East Asian coasts
Growing populations and their migration to coastal areas, dynamic economic growth, and rising global demands for fishery and aquatic products have combined to exert tremendous pressure on East Asia's marine environment and coastal resources, according to a new UN report. ... more

Uganda heading for population explosion
by Alana Herro

Within the next few decades, the east African nation of Uganda is likely to have the highest population growth in the world, according to a new report from the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau (PRB). ... more

Wake-up call on forgotten world of female migrants
by John Rowley

Almost half the world's 191 million migrants, some 95 million of them, are women. But their vulnerability, their lack of human rights, and their huge contribution in remittances and useful work, has been largely hidden and ignored, says a powerful new United Nations report. ... more

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