Press Conference on Preparation for National Population Summit 2015


 Press Conference on Preparation for National Population Summit 2015



Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar said, Pakistan’s growing population is indeed an enormous challenge that is impacting upon every aspect of our individual lives as well as our collective destiny. Our population has grown rapidly more than six times since our independence. Today we are the sixth largest country in the world. While She was addressing a press Conference on the objective of  Preparation for National Population Summit 2015


Minister said, A key reason why Pakistan is lagging behind most regional and Muslim countries in terms of completing its demographic transition and improving its reproductive health indicators has been wavering of political commitment and unsustained support by past governments to the population issue. Population has never been declared a national priority. A strong policy statement from the top leadership of this country as well the political and religious leaders would make up for lost time and reassure us of the commitment to tackle an important national and provincial issue with a strong consensus. It is for this reason that the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms and the Population Council, supported by UNFPA, Packard Foundation and Gates Foundation, is organizing the Population Summit from November 5-6, 2015 in Islamabad.


She said It is indeed heartening that in 2015 there is a consensus across all major political parties, religious leaders and across the provincial and federal leadership that we need to deal with high fertility and unbridled population growth and its harmful impact on individual health and societal wellbeing.


She further said, There are now new opportunities and new realities available to Pakistan. There is a new opportunity to highlight and incorporate population issues into the Vision 2025. With Human Capital as one of its pillars this framework provides an opportunity to embody key strategies and trajectories to be followed for human development, health and population nationally and in the provinces.


Saira Afzal Tarar said, There is a chance to further utilize the newly evolving SDGs, which have been signed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in September 2015, and to bring about alignment with Population and Health and Growth strategies in the provinces. Given the 18