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World Population Day to be marked on Tuesday

By Kiprono Benson | July 7th 2017

This year’s theme is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” The theme push to expand family planning access around the globe.United Nations says that around 225 women in the world want to avoid pregnancy. However, they are unable to use safe and effective family planning methods because of lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities.

This year’s World Population Day coincides with the London Family planning Summit, the second meeting of the consortium of donors and stakeholders that make up the Family Planning 2020 – FP2020 – initiative which aims to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million addition women by the year 2020.

According to late Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, family planning is anchored on respect for human rights, women’s empowerment and social justice and equality.

To achieve the world’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 depend significantly on how well the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people are fulfilled. Catering to their unmet need for family planning is among the most cost-effective investments overall.

In the Sessional Paper No. 3 of 2012 on Population Policy for National Development, the Government of Kenya through the National Council for Population Development committed to the goal of providing equitable and affordable quality reproductive health including family planning services, information and supplies to its segments of the population who need them.

World Population Day is an annual event celebrated every 11th of July. It seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The day was first observed in 1989 and was established by the governing council of the United Nations Development Programme. Engage the population stakeholders on Twitter using the Hashtag: #HerTomorrow.

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