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					                                                                DFID
                  Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
                                                                                   Department
                                                                                   for
                                                                                   Internatio
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Mette Kjaerby                                                                      Developmen
APPG                                                                               t
                                                                1 Palace Street, London SW1E 5HE
Parliamentary and Policy Advisor                  APPG     on
PD&RH,
Room 563 Portcullis House,                                      Direct Line:   020 7023 0462
House of Commons,                                               Direct Fax:    020 7023 0831
Westminster                                                     Email:         pspuss@dfid.gov.uk
London SW1A 2LW


                                                                                 20 March 2006


Dear Mette


UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and
Reproductive Health: Parliamentary Hearings between May – July 2006
POPULATION GROWTH – IMPACT ON THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT
GOALS


Please find enclosed our submission for the APPG Hearings on population growth
and impact on the MDGs.

We welcome this opportunity to be part of a discussion about population growth and
the MDGs. It is clear from the information put forward in our document that rapid
population growth will pose a challenge to the attainment of the MDGs in some
countries. However it is also apparent that there is a lack of conclusive evidence in
some of the areas. The relationship between population growth and economic
growth is not simple or clear cut. We are interested in linking the discussion about
population and demographics with that of fertility, women’s empowerment and men
and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Concerted efforts to better
meet the reproductive health needs of women and men will have a beneficial impact
on the MDGs.

I hope that our submission will enrich the discussion and catalyse further work in this
important area.

Our evidence addresses the areas that you will be looking at:

      Poverty and Hunger
      Universal Primary Education
      Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
      Child Mortality
      Maternal Health
      HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases


More details available at www.dfid.gov.uk or from our Public Enquiry Point Tel: 0845 300 4100
      Environmental Sustainability
      Migration

We have also included sections on the different regions where DFID works: Africa,
Asia and Europe, Middle East and the Americas regions.

Information was provided by specialist advisers from the following Policy Division
teams: Exclusion Rights and Justice, Scaling-Up Services, Global AIDS Policy,
Social Protection, Pro-Poor growth, Education and Skills, Reproductive and Child
Health, Environment for Sustainable Development, and Migration.

Health advisers from Africa and Asia Policy Departments and from Europe, Middle
East and the Americas Division provided the regional information.



Yours sincerely,




                                GARETH THOMAS

				
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