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World Population Day marked amid nation’s progress

The Ministry of Planning and Investment and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to Laos yesterday held a joint workshop to celebrate the World Population Day 2018.
This year, the celebration of World Population Day with the theme “Family Planning for everyone”, sees more people exercise their rights to plan for their own families as well as their futures.

This year, the celebration of this day aims to commemorate this landmark agreement that has empowered parents, couples and young people, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Kikeo Chanthaboury said at the event. He said it was important to simplify the understanding of family planning so that all realise it is not only for parents or couples but all people regardless of their sex, gender, backgrounds, social or economic status.
“All couples and individuals have the basic right to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information, education and means to do so”, he confirmed.
This year, the government also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Population and Development Policy (NPDP) and has decided that it requires a review. UNFPA is providing support to revise the NPDP that will reflect population projections and other developments, he said.
These are activities in the run-up of the 25th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) next year.
UNFPA Representative to Laos, Ms Frederika Meijer, said UNFPA has been supporting Family Planning in Laos since 1995 following ICPD and good progress had been made in providing Family Planning information and services for many people. 
She said to be in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must not leave anyone behind. Hence we need to strengthen our efforts.
Globally, UNFPA has adopted a new Strategic Plan that aims to bring down unmet need and maternal death to zero. These transformative results steer work everywhere including here in Laos where we would like to see the availability of Family Planning for everyone, she said.
The event today focuses on raising awareness as well as to showcase best practices across provinces in Laos regarding implementing health programmes relating to family planning.
Participants include government officials, provincial governors, civil society organisations, embassies, UN agencies and donor partners.
According to the UNFPA, the world first proclaimed family planning as a fundamental human right at the first International Conference on Human Rights on May 13, 1968, in Tehran, Iran.
Today, people of all nations celebrate World Population Day to commemorate this landmark agreement that has allowed parents, couples and young people to exercise their rights to plan for their own families worldwide.

ByTimes Reporters
(Latest Update
July 12,

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