Population Matters

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News & views

We publish regular news on our activities and commentary on external developments.

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  • Philippines’ President Duterte battles for family planning

    15 March 2017 ARTICLE After a law was passed in 2012, guaranteeing universal access to birth control, mandatory sexual education in schools and the provision of reproductive health services in hospitals for Asia's most densely populated country, President Duterte's battle with the Supreme Court and Catholic leadership for implementation of the law continues. read more...
  • Spreading the word on population

    8 March 2017 Population Matters made a strong case for population stabilisation on the BBC television programme The Big Questions last Sunday. The appearance followed reporting in major UK media outlets of our comments regarding the UK's population growth. Find out how to view the programme - and more about our work in the media and online to spread the word on population. read more...
  • Is the Pope heeding warnings about population?

    5 March 2017 PATRONS After two of the world's most distinguished population campaigners warned a conference in the Vatican that we are already in the "sixth great extinction", one report says the Pope wants people to have fewer children. read more...
  • UK population to hit 70m by 2026

    4 March 2017 Latest figures from the Office of National statistics show the UK could also be the largest country in Europe by 2050. Its projections also show a substantial increase in the number of people over 65. In a widely quoted comment in the national media, Population Matters said "An ageing population demands our creativity and serious thinking and is another example of why a strategic approach to population is needed and long-overdue.” read more...
  • Challenging the ‘Global Gag Rule’

    23 February 2017 The Trump administration's reinstatement of the 'global gag rule' - banning US foreign aid to organisations which provide or discuss abortion services - threatens family planning and health provision for some of the world's poorest people. Population Matters is supporting the campaign to protect vital services from this policy. Find out how you can help defend those services. read more...
  • Contraception ‘league table’ puts France first, Russia last

    16 February 2017 A new map has been issued illustrating access to contraception across 45 European countries. France and the UK top the list, with Greece and Russia at the bottom. The research also found more than 40% of pregnancies in Europe to be unintended. read more...
  • Human activity degrades Natural World Heritage Sites

    3 February 2017 Report finds that recent increases in human pressure and forest loss are causing the degradation of over 100 Natural World Heritage Sites globally. Results indicate that NWHS are becoming increasingly isolated and facing growing threat from human pressure outside their borders. Agriculture and urbanisation were identified as the leading causes, resulting in loss of biodiversity, high extinction rates and ecosystems collapse. read more...
  • President Trump reinstates ‘Global Gag Rule’

    27 January 2017 Family planning services worldwide received a blow when President Trump reinstated the 'Global Gag Rule', which withdraws US foreign aid from any organisation which provides abortion or information about it. The decision will withdraw funding worth billions of dollars from health programmes currently reliant on US aid. read more...
  • 18 million Chinese babies since end of one child policy

    24 January 2017 The Chinese government has released figures for births in the first year since its longstanding one child policy was abandoned. Births have increased by 7.9% - less than predicted by the government but still representing more than 1.3 million babies over the previous year, in the most populous country on Earth. read more...
  • Meet our new chief executive

    20 January 2017 Robin Maynard joined Population Matters as interim chief executive in December. Read more about what he has done and what he hopes to achieve. read more...