This document contains the consensus from the Population Summit held in Islamabad, Pakistan, November 5–6, 2015. To date, an enduring commitment to a sound and adequate population welfare program has eluded Pakistan, leaving millions of couples who want to wait before having their next child or who consider that they have enough children, without good access to family planning. However, in the wake of devolution, in part through efforts of donors and civil society for awareness building, advocacy, and dialogue, opinion among all major stakeholders is coalescing around the need to address Pakistan’s alarming maternal and child health indicators through strong programming, including access to voluntary birth spacing services. The majority of elected representatives from all provinces and major political parties, and religious scholars of all major schools of thought, came out to express their unequivocal and enthusiastic support for the right of couples to use contraception for healthy spacing and timing of pregnancies.
Government of Pakistan, UNFPA, and Population Council. 2015. "Unveiling the consensus: Putting people first in Pakistan's development agenda." Islamabad: Government of Pakistan, UNFPA, and Population Council.