POPULATION GROWTH 'HAMPERING BIDS TO CUT POVERTY' PA POLITICS Development 31 Jan 2007 - 11:57 By Daniel Bentley, PA Political Correspondent Page 1

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POPULATION GROWTH 'HAMPERING BIDS TO CUT POVERTY'


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POLITICS Development

31 Jan 2007
-

11:57

By Daniel Bentley, PA Political Correspondent


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Efforts to halve global poverty face being fatally undermined by rapid
population growth, MPs warned
today.


International Development Secretary Hilary Benn was urged to promote
greater family planning or risk missing the Millennium Development
Goals.


The All
-
Party Parliamentary Committee on Population, Development and
Reproductive Health said the poores
t countries were set to experience
the biggest baby booms.


Unless the world worked to limit the population surge, it added, the
Millennium Development Goals would not be met.


The goals include halving poverty, cutting infant mortality by two
-
thirds and h
alting the spread of killer diseases by 2015.


Population is projected to grow to between 8 and 10.5 billion by 2050,
of which 99% will take place in the developing world and more than 90%
in the very poorest countries.


Richard Ottaway, who has chaired a
year
-
long inquiry by the MPs' group,

said: "The world needs to get wise to the dangers of mass population
growth, particularly when it is concentrated in the poorest areas.


"All the highly commendable work done to date to achieve the Millennium
Developmen
t Goals will be in vain if this vital factor is ignored.


"Except for a few oil
-
rich states, no country has pulled itself out of
poverty while maintaining high fertility.


"Urgent action must be taken to ensure family planning provision
becomes an integral

part of all efforts to reduce poverty, improve
mothers' and children's survival and health, and to forestall further
damage to the natural environment."


MPs from the group were today handing the inquiry's report and
recommendations to Mr Benn.


The repor
t urges greater support for family planning and prioritising
the supply of contraceptives.


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