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UNFPA: 'Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right'
On the occasion of the World Population Day that was observed across the globe on July 11, the United Nation's agency UNFPA stated that 'the access to safe, voluntary family planning was a human right'.

According the theme of the observance, "Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations", the practice of family planning is central to gender equality and women's empowerment, and is a key factor in reducing poverty.

It is held by the UN that the investments in making family planning available also yield economic and other gains that can propel development forward.

World Population Day that was established in 1989 seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. According to some rough estimates, the world population increases by 100 million approximately every 14 months and it is said to have passed the mark of 7,500,000,000 this year. This is a great cause of concern on natural and material resources which are being exhausted at a good speed.

Therefore, there is need for implementing family planning measures seriously for an equitable sustained development benefiting all.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, late President of India, had once rightly said, "Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence."

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