Integrated approach for slowing pupulation growth
She said world’s population has increased manifold and emphasized to stabilize use of resources and ensure sustainable development for all.
Rapid growth in the country nullified development gains and it was imperative to adopt an integrated approach to slowdown the population surge, she said this in her message on the World Population Day, being commemorated under the auspices of United Nations throughout the globe on Wednesday (July 11).
The Speaker said this Day highlights the fragile relationship between human beings and earth where massive growth in population has resulted in dangerous depletion of resources, deforestation, pollution and emission of carbon dioxide to unprecedented levels, altering the global climate.
She said an integrated approach to reducing poverty, slowing population growth, and protecting the environment was imperative for achieving the desired objectives.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza stressed the need for empowering and including women in the decision making for achieving goals of universal access to education, reproductive health care and family planning.
She said women make up more than half of the World’s population, yet they are often denied the right to learn, to own or inherit land, and to control their own fertility.
She was confident that enhancing opportunities for women would enable them to make informed choices about family size - and to break the vicious cycle of poverty and environmental degradation.
The Speaker said.”Let us all, without delay, being to tread more lightly on the earth, and take steps towards better use of its resources.”—APP