Population Matters Update
 

From the Chief Executive

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We have completed with other campaign groups our collective submission to the UN on population dynamics, which sets out the links between population growth, poverty, conflict and other ills. Mali is a classic example, hovering near the bottom of the poverty league table, suffering a series of internal conflicts and with a population that trebles every 50 years.

Evidence is building that the UK's always patchy sex education and health is vulnerable to repeated rounds of public economising. It is good to see Brook and the Family Planning Association reference the potential costs of unwanted pregnancies — this is something we need both local and national governments to understand.

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Newswatch

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Hedgehogs and moths in the UK and rhinoceroses in Africa are the declining species in the news this month.

Other stories are on the growing problem of ever-rising quantities of waste.

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Advocacy

Two significant and pessimistic papers on resource sustainability have come out — one from Chatham House and the other from the National Intelligence Council.

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Research

Birth control pills

In December CNN reported, "Lawmakers approved legislation calling for government-funded contraception and sex education classes in the Philippines." Better late than never, though there will be opposition from Mother Church. According to ZENIT - The World Seen from Rome, "Less than two weeks after the President signed the Reproductive Health bill, lawyers filed a petition to declare the measure null and void. The couple cited the Constitution, which recognizes the State's duty to protect the family, the life of mothers and their unborn children, and to support the primary right of parents in rearing their children." Read Edmund Davey's comments.

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