THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called on governments around the world to commit more resources to the critical issue of voluntary family planning.
The statement was made as Fiji and the global community marked World Population Day on Wednesday with the theme 'Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services'.
According to the UNFPA, the estimated world population stands at seven billion.
UNFPA's director Pacific Sub-Regional Office and representative Dirk Jena said to address the issue of the growing population and through their fifth Pacific multi-country program, they were strengthening national capacity to deliver quality family planning, sexual and reproductive health services, information and community-based interventions for families.
Mr Jena said their focus was also to tap the capacity of national health care providers to address gender-based violence through provisions of quality health services including humanitarian settings.
"We are strengthening national capacity to deliver quality sexual and reproductive health services and information for young people."