Wednesday, 11 July 2012 03:00

World Population Day: Kobler Stresses Need to Consider Population Trends in Development Strategies

Baghdad, 11 July 2012 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, highlighted issues related to population growth at a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Planning in Baghdad today to mark World Population Day. عربي  كوردی

 

“There is a need to develop an Iraqi population policy to create a balance between economic growth, population welfare and sustainable development,” Mr. Kobler said. “If the government systematically considers population trends in national, rural and urban development strategies and policies, it can seize opportunities and address challenges linked to demographic change. In Iraq, this also means paying particular attention to children and youth, who make up almost half the country’s population.”

 

At the event, Dr. Mehdi Al-Alak, the head of the Iraq Population Commission, presented the “Iraq Population Situation Analysis Report 2012”, which was prepared with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The report finds that Iraq has rapid population growth and high fertility, and that there is a need for better access to social services, including family planning.  The report recommends formulating a national policy based on three core themes: family planning; women’s empowerment and gender equity; and education and poverty alleviation.

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