UN deputy chief highlights value of investing in family planning

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Amina Mohammed. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

Investing in family planning is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said on Tuesday, World Population Day.

Amina Mohammed was speaking in London at a Family Planning Summit co-hosted by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Dianne Penn reports.

The theme for World Population Day 2017 is 'Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.'

Ms Mohammed said investing in family planning is an investment in the health and rights of women, girls and couples.

She highlighted the connection between family planning and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals which seek to create a more just and equitable  world by 2030.

"Achieving our Sustainable Development Goals will depend significantly on how well the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people are fulfilled. Catering to the unmet needs for family planning is among the most cost-effective investments overall. Women who choose family planning, we hear over and over again, are definitely healthier, face lower risks of complications and death during pregnancy and in childbirth. Children born to women who space their pregnancies tend to be healthier and happier and face reduced risk of death in the first five years."

Ms Mohammed noted that the benefits do not stop there.

She said women with choices and improved reproductive health are empowered to seek better jobs, which benefits their families, communities and countries.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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