World Population Day is celebrated today. This year it is dedicated to universal access to reproductive health care and services.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's message on this occasion expressed his regret that to date more than 200 million women lack access to contraceptives. "Healthy women and young people with the opportunities and resources to make an independent decision as to how many children they would like to have can make a greater contribution to society," read a statement by Ban Ki-Moon.
World Population Day was established by the UN in 1989 its purpose being to draw attention to issues of population, overall development programs and the search for solutions to common problems.