|Vatican||HOLY SEE 'HAS ACCEPTED UN FAMILY PLANNING'|
Press reports claim that the Vatican has accepted the United Nations position on the use of family planning to slow world population growth.
Dr Nafis Sadik of the UN Population Fund said on Wednesday that the Holy See had endorsed a five-year review of the plan for slowing world population growth. He said that while the Catholic Church continued to express its opposition to contraception, it had decided to discontinue the strategy of insisting on reference to "natural methods" of birth control.
She said: "This doesn't mean that the Church at the top has changed its position. But it is accepted that the international community has accepted that family planning is one of the human rights of women."
The UN's aim is to help achieve a slowing in the growth of the world's population, which reaches six billion this year - a figure that will be celebrated on 12 Oct. The annual increase this year is 78 million, down from about 90 million in the late Eighties. China, the most populous country, had calculated that the world's population would have reached six billion six years earlier if it had not been for family planning programs.
Telegraph 2:16pm 24/9/99