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    Statement of Antigua and Barbuda.

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    [Unpublished] 1994. Presented at the International Conference on Population and Development [ICPD], Cairo, Egypt, September 5-13, 1994. [5] p.

    In his address to the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the leader of the delegation from Antigua and Barbuda noted that every civilization has nourished the seed of its own destruction, and that modern civilization, with its desire for development, is no exception. Humanity must decide whether to continue to foster the unequal distribution of financial resources or to adopt a more equitable global economy and to foster a small population which consumes less. The view of Antigua and Barbuda is that the ICPD's mission is to plot the course of human history and to avoid disaster by removing the seeds of destruction from modern civilization. Even small nations like Antique and Barbuda must limit population growth or face the destruction of natural resources, especially since the population-reducing avenue of emigration is closing. Specific efforts which have been made include providing adequate training and education to young women who formerly would have left school because of a pregnancy or who left school prematurely. In addition, the islands have had great success in reducing the percentage of births to adolescent mothers, largely through the cooperative work of nongovernmental organizations and the Ministry of Health. The human race must overcome controversy and cynicism to find new ways of ensuring that our population size and development choices will not destroy our planet.
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