The power of choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition

Only some decades ago, most families had on average five children. Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with wider differences than at any point in human history. Family size, fertility rates, demographic trends and population dynamics are connected to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and have an impact on education, healthcare, the environment and the realization of all the Sustainable Development Goals.

How do the Netherlands and UNFPA address the demographic transition in policy and practice? What strategies are used by non-governmental organizations to ensure freedom of choice in challenging environments? 

On Wednesday 17 October in cooperation with UNFPA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Netherlands, Rutgers organises the launch of the UNFPA State of the World Population report 2018, titled ‘The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition’.

Arthur Erken, Director of UNFPA’s Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships will officially launch the report by handing over the first copy of the report to Reijna Buijs,Director-General for International Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The event will reflect on population dynamics and SRHR in challenging environments as key international challenges, as set out by Minister Kaag  in the policy document ‘Investing in Global Prospects’, with both Dutch and international guests.