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Friday, October 1, 1999
More sex education can halt expected global
According to an article published by the BBC today, the world
faces an unprecedented boom in population unless reproductive education is freely
available around the world, a nongovernmental organization, Population Concern, has
The group also said that unmarried men in particular should
take more responsibility and need access to contraceptives and health advice.
The organization said that action now could mean the
difference between a world population of seven billion and one of 11 billion in the
opening decades of the next century.
The article says that 1999 is the first time the human
population of this planet has passed six billion. That is double what the world population
was in 1969.
Population Concern said there are two billion people under
the age of 20, and more young women aged 15 to 19 than ever before. That means the number
of people in their reproductive years will continue to grow for several decades, along
with the number of births.
The group called on governments and non-governmental bodies
to take an "holistic approach".
Wendy Thomas, its chief executive, said: "Young men
today comprise half of the largest generation in history to enter adulthood. Thomas said
that millions of unmarried young men who are sexually active need access to information
and services about reproductive health care including contraception.