Population Matters

Family planning and sustainable development

Family planning and sustainable development

Universal access to family planning services is key to sustainable development

January 2016 sees the launch of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), a set of 17 objectives that will guide international development until 2030. At the end of the same month, people from all around the world will gather for the International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia.

These events are intimately linked, as ensuring universal access to family planning services is critical to slowing the global population growth that will make the SDGs difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.

To mark these events, we have published a briefing that outlines how the predicted increase in global population levels by one billion people over the next 14 years will negatively impact almost every SDG. The briefing thus examines how increasing access to family planning services can have a transformative effect on everything from poverty reduction to climate change.

Our briefing concludes that meeting the unmet need for family planning is not only a pragmatic and cost-effective approach to achieving the SDGs, it is absolutely critical to their success.

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