World Fertility Report 2009

December 26, 2011 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

From the UN Population Division.

The United Nations Population Division is pleased to announce the publication of World Fertility Report 2009.

Since the 1970s the world has experienced profound changes in fertility, union formation and contraceptive demand. Fertility has declined throughout the world, early childbearing and marriage are less common and the percentage of women and men using contraception, especially modern methods, has risen. Nevertheless, the level and pace of change in fertility and the proximate determinants of marriage and contraceptive use have varied markedly among countries such that major differences in fertility levels persist across countries and regions of the world.

World Fertility Report 2009 is the third in a series and discusses levels and trends of fertility, the timing of childbearing, marriage, contraceptive use and relevant population policies for 196 countries or areas from the 1970s to the first decade of the twenty-first century. A set of country profiles with data on 21 indicators of fertility, nuptiality, contraceptive use and  population policies regarding childbearing for three time periods is included as well as online data and metadata.

The report is available from the United Nations Population Division website:

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