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Developing Countries: Population

International Development written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Party Chair, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will consider the importance of population stabilisation for sustainable development in his preparations for the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

The UK supports the focus of the two themes of Rio+20: (a) green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) institutional frameworks for sustainable development. DEFRA is the Whitehall lead on Rio+20. DFID is working with DEFRA and other Government Departments to develop the UK position for the conference. In doing so, a range of sectoral and cross-cutting issues are being considered including the empowerment of women and girls.

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