State of the World Population 2012 (global)

No. of pages: 140

Publication date: 14 November 2012

Author: UNFPA

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One hundred seventy-nine governments affirmed individuals’ right to family planning at the International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD, in 1994, when signatories of the ICPD Programme of Action stated that, “the aim of family planning programmes must be to enable couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information and means to do so.” This affirmation marked a paradigm shift in the way governments and international organizations looked at development and population issues.