Family planning "fundamental" to sustainable development

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A woman carries her child on her back. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The right for women and girls to make their own choices about planning a family is "fundamental" to sustainable development according to the chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Babatunde Osotimehin was speaking from Copenhagen, where he's been attending the Women Deliver conference, the first major development gathering on maternal, sexual and reproductive health since world leaders endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.

The conference is looking at how to implement the goals so they benefit the largest number of women and girls.

Daniel Dickinson asked Mr Osotimehin why sustainable development begins with family planning.

Duration: 3'12"

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