All Party Parliamentary Group on
Population, Development and Reproductive Health
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9-10th May 2013, Houses of Parliament
…Media coverage of the G8/G20 parliamentarians’ conference on family planning and the future of development in The Guardian, including a video and interview with Prof. Hans Rosling and Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, who both spoke at the conference. Baroness Jenny Tonge and Canadian MP Dr Hedy Fry also spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about the conference and the need to put family planning at the heart of the development agenda.
…Committee members of the APPG speak about violence against women and girls and the links with sexual and reproductive health in the Houses of Parliament. See Heather Wheeler MP and Virendra Sharma MP on Parliament TV.
…Baroness Jenny Tonge speaks at Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ conference on forced marriage on International Women’s Day 2013.
PRESS RELEASE: UK Parliamentarians Call Attention to World Contraception Day
PRESS RELEASE: APPG on PD&RH welcomes the London Summit on Family Planning
Peer makes the case for putting family planning at the heart of sustainable development: Baroness Jenny Tonge writes on Politics Home
Peer calls for stronger protection for women: Baroness Jenny Tonge has written about the problem of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM) for Politics Home in preparation for her oral parliamentary question in the House of Lords on 16th February.
A Royal Society report has highlighted the negative impacts of unsustainable population growth and consumption on future resources. It argues that population and environmental issues should be addressed together rather than in isolation. The report recommends:
‘Reproductive health and voluntary family planning programmes urgently require political leadership and financial commitment, both nationally and internationally. This is needed to continue the downward trajectory of fertility rates, especially in countries where the unmet need for contraception is high.’