National Population Policy Launched In PNG Parliament

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Current growth could see population reach 30 million by 2050

By Isaac Nicholas

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 19, 2015) – Papua New Guinea’s population could reach 30 million by 2050 if the current growth continues, National Planning Minister Charles Abel said yesterday as he launched the national population policy 2015-24 in Parliament.

He said the population had doubled in just 20 years, from 3.5 million to more than seven million.

Concerns had been raised that given current trends, the population would double again within the next 20 years which places extra ordinary pressures on resources and public services such as health care and education.

Mr Abel and development partners echoed concerns that without any intervention this trend would continue to 2050 when the population could reach 30 million.

He said the policy launched yesterday outlined the need for a greater understanding of the link between population growth and sustainable development.

"The policy will make an effort to reduce high risk fertility behaviour but continue to support these efforts within the context of reproductive health delivery.

"Population size and structure impact a country’s economy as well as its ability to provide social protections and access to health care, education, housing, sanitation, water, food and energy.

"The Department of National Planning and Monitoring has identified the need for greater emphasis to be placed on understanding population dynamics and how community structures can be developed to ensure well-being for families."

Mr Abel called for all to be responsible when it came to population by providing solutions through sustainable programs such the responsible sustainable development strategy that captured the improvement of reproductive health and voluntary family planning efforts.

With technical and financial support from the UNFPA, the third official population policy gives a strong emphasis on population as key development priority, with population as centre of development, furthermore stresses the importance of closing gaps of high mortality rates, the Minister noted.

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