All-Party Parliamentary Group on

Population, Development and Reproductive Health

News archive


12th October: The APPG has welcomed Ealing Council’s decision to ban anti-abortion protesters outside its Marie Stopes clinic. The press release can be found here

14th September: The APPG has responded to the selection of the members to the Parliament’s International Development Select Committee. The press release can be found here

1st August: The APPG is inviting short written submissions from interested organisations and individuals on abortion in the developing world and the UK. The press release can be found here


25th May: Baroness Jenny Tonge introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Lords to raise the minimum age of consent to marriage or civil partnership to 18.

8th March was International Women’s Day. Events took place across the UK and members of the APPG on PDRH participated in debates in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

18th November: Baroness Jenny Tonge received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for her services to women’s health in the UK and overseas.

8th July: The APPG  launched its report entitled ‘Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals’. The report examines how population trends, age, urbanisation and migration are linked to climate change and conflict, and what this means for international development and sustainable development. The press release for the report launch can be found here.


18th  June: The APPG, in collaboration with MenCare and the International Planned Parent Federation (IPPF), launched the world’s first global analysis of fatherhood State of the World’s Fathers in the House of Commons. The report is intended to provide a periodic, data-driven snapshot of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving globally by addressing key issues related to fatherhood. Chaired by Baroness Jenny Tonge, the event included speakers from Promundo, Fatherhood Institute, Salamander Trust & Athena Network, Rutgers and the report’s author Nikki van der Gaag.


20th November: The APPG announced new Parliamentary hearings called  ‘Population Dynamics in the Post-2015 World’, to be conducted in 2015.  A press release with details on the hearings can be found here.

22nd July: The UK government co-hosted the Girls Summit with UNICEF. The summit aimed to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation, child marriage, and early and forced marriage. For more information visit the summit’s website.

12th June: Baroness Jenny Tonge introduced a Private Members’ Bill in the House of Lords to amend the Abortion Act to make provision for the termination of pregnancy following certification by one registered medical practitioner.

14th May: A joint report on patient empowerment was launched by six APPGs entitled ‘Patient empowerment: for better quality, more sustainable health services globally’. The report highlights how the UK can learn from other countries in health service provisions.

7th - 11th April: The 47th Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development took place in New York. News and resources from the meeting is available on the UN Population Division website.

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