Reproductive health the key to Rio+20

As members of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, we call on the negotiators at the Rio+20 conference to ensure that reproductive health and voluntary family planning have a central role in any comprehensive strategy for sustainable development. Rio+20 – known as the Earth Summit – promises to chart a course for global sustainable development that will lift people out of poverty, while preserving our environment for future generations. Achieving universal access to reproductive health is critical. Expanding voluntary family planning services will improve the health and well-being of women and their families, help slow population growth and make it easier for governments to address the needs of their people, while developing sustainably. When women are able to plan the size of their families, they and their children are healthier, better educated, and more economically productive.