Topic » International Policies

The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo created a platform signed by 185 countries that called for universal access to family planning and reproductive health services by 2015. U.N. Millennium Development Goals' target 5B also calls for universal access to reproductive health care.

PAI has tracked international commitments to family planning and held governments and donors accountable. Fulfilling the global demand for family planning can significantly reduce the costs of achieving the MDGs, especially those related to poverty, maternal health and education. PAI advocates that donor countries fully fund family planning and reproductive health services to help meet all of the Millenium Development Goals.


Press Release

PAI Condemns Cuts to Contraception

February 11, 2011

For Immediate Release Statement from Population Action International on the Proposed House Republican FY2011 Continuing Resolution by Craig Lasher, Director of US Government Relations “The cuts to international family planning are extreme and out of touch with the views of … Continue reading »


What’s Missing about the Missing MDG?

October 18, 2010

UN delegates and advocates gathered last month in New York to assess progress on the Millennium Development Goals. With just five years remaining to meet the goals, and maternal health (Goal 5) the furthest off-track, the MDG Summit was an … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

The Key to Achieving the MDGs

September 15, 2010

Universal Access to Family Planning and Reproductive Health The MDGs offer precise time-bound targets for promoting global development. MDG Target 5B calls for universal access to reproductive health care. By adding this target, world leaders reaffirmed that access to reproductive … Continue reading »



The new U.N. climate chief should have a strong understanding of women’s issues

April 27, 2010

Originally published on Grist by Suzanne Ehlers , Negash Teklu, Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando,Wasim Zaman We have a critical opportunity right now to make sure the next U.N. climate chief will serve the needs of the global community of women, and we need … Continue reading »


Funding Common Ground: Cost Estimates For International Reproductive Health

April 12, 2010

Suzanna Dennis and Clive Mutunga There are over a dozen estimates of the financial resources needed to improve reproductive health used by the reproductive health community. Lack of understanding of estimates currently in circulation can lead to fragmented advocacy and … Continue reading »



Whoa Canada

March 19, 2010

Originally published on the Huffington Post. Canada did its best this week to act like George W. Bush. The government excluded family planning from a new maternal health initiative for developing countries it planned to launch at the G8 meeting … Continue reading »


The U.N. Men’s Club

March 11, 2010

Originally published on Grist. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced an important new climate change financing group last week, but out of the 19 people named, no women were included. This is unfortunate because women will bear the brunt of the … Continue reading »


Motherhood, It’s Complicated

February 18, 2010

Originally posted on the Huffington Post A colleague on maternity leave recently sent an e-mail saying what an incredible experience pregnancy is and how she can’t help thinking of the millions of women who go through it without the support … Continue reading »


Let the Human Face of Climate Change Emerge in Copenhagen

December 14, 2009

As the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convenes in Copenhagen for its 15th  meeting, all eyes are  on targets to reduce carbon emissions.  At the same time, the irony of climate … Continue reading »


Hope in Dialogue: Thoughts on the 5th Asia and Pacific Conference

October 20, 2009

by Suzanne Ehlers The 5th Asia and Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) is currently underway in Beijing, China. Today, I am moderating a session co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The … Continue reading »