UN Secretary General: Recommend Sustainable Family Planning

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We are urging the Secretary-General to make a statement on the need for smaller, more sustainable families and cooperative family planning models to protect the future of the planet and improve human rights for children across the world. 

Circumstances have changed since former Secretaries General have issued family planning statements; a revised statement is urgently needed.

  • Several studies confirm that smaller families are the best way to confront climate change, as well as other and related environmental crises. If we take climate change seriously, we must laud the benefits of a global family planning ethic that promotes smaller families.
  • The science of early childhood development shows the disproportionate impact the beginning of our lives has on the rest of our lives. This holds true, among other things, for economic inequity.
  • Better family planning is now understood to be an effective way to prevent the conditions that give rise to terrorism and other conflict-based threats to human rights and democracy.

Read our full letter here.

A statement by the Secretary General on the need for sustainable family planning is essential for impelling governments to overcome the taboo on family size and recognize the need for better family planning policies - ones that protect the needs of all children and future generations. Smaller families are the path to a sustainable, fairer, and more equitable world.