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.



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 »


Female Genital Mutilation: Three Generations Later

October 6, 2009

Female Genital Mutilation: Three Generations Later has won an honorable mention in Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky Contest! The blog was selected from more than 700 entries and will be published on the New York Times website. … Continue reading »


As International Youth Day Looms, Youth in Western Countries Need to Take Control of Their SRHR, too

August 12, 2009

Kirana Bammarito is PAI’s Communications Intern. She is a recent graduate of American University. August 12 will mark the tenth International Youth Day as commemorated by the United Nations. In the United States, youth triumphs and tragedies alike have occurred … Continue reading »


Family Planning Benefits Malagasy Women and the Environment

August 12, 2009

Kame Westerman is PAI’s Climate Change Intern. She is a current graduate student in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland. As an environment volunteer with the Peace Corps, I was given the task of visiting outlying … Continue reading »


Powerful Injustice at the Bonn Climate Talks

June 4, 2009

Published in Grist It’s the fourth day of climate negotiations here in Bonn, and at 4:30 in the afternoon, there is a lull in the action before the start of early evening “contact groups” – official meetings of negotiators that … Continue reading »


First impressions from Bonn: climate change hurts the poor

June 2, 2009

Originally published on Grist Kathleen Mogelgaard is Senior Program Manager of the Population and Climate Change Program at Population Action International. At the opening of the international climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, today, representatives from governments around the world … Continue reading »