Statement on the new U.N. population projections from Suzanne Ehlers, President, Population Action International

Suzanne Ehlers

For Immediate Release

“The United Nations announced today that the world’s population will reach 7 billion people on Oct. 31, 2011, and will likely hit 9 billion by 2050. The new projections are a wake-up call for governments to fulfill the global demand for contraception.

As we approach this numerical milestone, it’s important to think about the individuals contained within it. Each one is a person with their own needs, hopes, and plans for the future. Each one will have varying options that determine whether 7 billion becomes 9 billion or more than 11 billion by 2050.

In developing countries around the world, millions of women want to prevent pregnancy but don’t have access to contraception. This impacts their health, their educational opportunities, and their ability to provide for their families. Ensuring women have access to the family planning they want, starting today, is the first step toward creating healthier lives for this 7 billion, and protecting our planet for those yet to come.”