Posted by: Administrator | 1 March, 2005

President Message on World Population Day

11 July 2008

I am glad that Pakistan alongwith the global community is observing the World Population Day to reaffirm our commitment made at the International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD) held at Cairo in 1994. Since then significant progress has been made in this direction, but we still need to adopt measures to arrest rapid population growth, address the issues of poverty, gender equality and achieve the goal of Population Stabilization as enunciated in the Population Policy (2002) of the Country.

This year’s theme “Family Planning is a right, lets make it real” would not only raise awareness about the benefits of family planning but also motivate individuals to seek information and services. Access to quality family planning services is the right of every individual and should not be denied.

The population factor plays a pivotal role in the development equation and requires a comprehensive approach in order to strike a balance between population increase and resources needed for sustainable development. It is, therefore, imperative to promote a shared perception through appropriate policy initiatives and programmes that focus on individuals, households and communities.

The Population Welfare Programme in Pakistan has been actively advocating voluntary adoption of small family norm and providing nationwide services with the support of their partners – the private sector and civil society. However, the programme needs enhanced cooperation of all segments of society in order to ensure acceptance of the small family norm by all communities.

I am happy to note that considerable progress has been made in bringing down population growth to 1.8 percent and that maternal and infant mortality rates are also on the decline. However, there is no room for complacency as we still have a long way to go. I take this opportunity to urge the society at large to participate and promote this national cause for the benefit and well being of the people of our beloved country.

May Allah Almighty be our Protector and Guide. Ameen!

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