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State of World Population 2017

Worlds Apart - Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality

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No country today—even those considered the wealthiest and most developed—can claim to be fully inclusive, where all people have equal opportunities and protections, and fully enjoy their human rights. In many developing countries, women who are poor, in the bottom 20 per cent of the income scale, and particularly those who are in rural areas, are far less likely to have access to contraceptives, and care during pregnancy and birth than their wealthier urban counterparts.

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Towards equality by reaching the furthest behind first

Among the objectives and goals of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which guides the work of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, are: “sustained economic growth in the context of sustainable development; education, especially for girls; gender equity and equality; infant, child and maternal mortality reduction; and the provision of universal access to reproductive health services, including family planning and sexual health”.

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