Where are these people going to live?
In a world of 6 billion, urban population is growing fastest of all. By 2006, more than half the world's population will be living in towns. Today, two out of three urban dwellers live in the developing regions. By 2015 it will be more than three out of four.
Creating opportunities for women
Cities can give women greater access to schooling, to reproductive health services including family planning and sexual health, and to fairly paid work. The challenge is to match these services and opportunities to the demands of growing urban populations while meeting rural needs.
A challenge or a threat?
This urban future can put the environment, natural resources, social cohesion and individual rights at risk, but cities also speed up social transformation, opening new avenues for human development, especially for women.
Population is not about numbers - it's about people
It is about preparing for a wanted baby and providing for a healthy childhood.
It is about helping young women fulfil their potential. Ensuring their access to schooling, to reproductive health care, to a fair and equal chance in the workplace.
It is about involving men in reproductive health programs to encourage responsible behaviour, including joint decision-making by spouses and male support for their female partners' reproductive choices.
It is about gender equality and equity and the rejection of all forms of gender-based violence.
It is about investing the community with respect for the social participation of its elders and concern for their well-being.
Text courtesy of the United Nations Population Fund