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In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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State of World Population 2016
She is 10 years old. Capable of rapidly absorbing wisdom and knowledge from those around her, she is poised to one day become an inspiring leader, a productive worker, an innovator, a caring parent or any of the other...
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Annual Report 2016: Millions of lives transformed

Now more than ever, we must ensure that the marginalized, the forgotten—the ones often left behind—can exercise their fundamental human right to decide, free of coercion, discrimination and violence, when or how often to have children.

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Following the adoption by heads of states and governments in September 2015 of the Agenda for Sustainable Development which outlines the quantitative and qualitative objectives across economic, social and environmental dimensions that are to be achieved over the next fifteen years, member states were encouraged to develop various strategies for its implementation. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (SDGs), which were fewer in number and had a limited number of targets, the 2030 Agenda has 17 Goals, 169 targets and over 230 indicators which are global in nature and universally applicable, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and responding to national policies and priorities.

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The introduction of an official national policy for the population of PNG was for the first time considered in the mid-1970s. Based on 1966 and 1971 census results, it had become clear that, during the years before Independence, PNG’s mortality transition had started but that the level of fertility had remained largely unchanged.2 Based on this evidence, it was concluded that the rate of natural increase (RNI) of the population, which was already high, would probably reach an even higher level in the immediate future.
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