Population Matters is campaigning for the Government to increase the proportion of UK international aid for family planning services to 10 per cent. This is vital to the success of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), as family planning services are essential in reducing population growth.
Currently, there are hundreds of millions of women worldwide who lack access to vital family planning services. This is a key factor in rising global population levels, set to increase by one billion people by 2030.
This growth is unsustainable and, according to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health (APPGPDRH), will make the SDGs difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. Despite this, international aid funding for family planning services has been falling since 1995 and is grossly inadequate.
With the launch of the SDGs this month and the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Indonesia on 25 – 28 January, we believe this is the perfect time for the government to correct this situation.
Please send our pre-prepared letter to your MP to ask them to support an increase in UK aid for family planning services to 10 per cent of official UK development aid, and help to ensure the success of the SDGs.