Population and Family Planning Advice to Barack Obama

January 19, 2009 • Family Planning, News

Greetings on this Martin Luther King holiday in the U.S. – a day of public service. I am attending a three day meeting on global sustainability issues on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia being hosted by Canadian environmentalist, David Suzuki.

Thanks to Tod Preston of Population Action International for the attached PAI “white paper” that details the reasons why the U.S. must regain its historic leadership role on international family planning and population issues. Entitled “International Population & Family Planning Programs: An Agenda for the Obama Administration,” the white paper highlights the significant role family planning and reproductive health programs should play in the Administration’s commitment to global health and security. The white paper has been sent to key members of the Obama transition team and to key Members of Congress, accompanied by the attached transmittal letter signed by some of PAI’s Board members. These documents are also available on the Obama transition team’s website at:

In addition, the documents — along with other relevant Obama transition-related material from other coalitions — are also available on PAI’s website at: http://www.populationaction.org/Issues/U.S._Policies_and_Funding/transition.shtml

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