Saturday, July 3, 1999 Published at 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK
Vatican condemns population accord
The world population grows at about 2.5 people per second
The Vatican has sternly criticised the United Nations General Assembly for adopting various measures to limit the rapidly expanding world population.
More than 170 nations agreed that there should be easier access to legal abortions, and that adolescents should have the right to confidential advice on contraception.
The Cairo conference called for legal abortions to be made safe, but stopped short of asking for greater access to abortions.
Giving children too much independence
Roman Catholic and Islamic leaders also reacted with disappointment to the agreement that adolescents should be entitled to advice on contraception without first getting their parents' permission.
He also criticised a speech to the conference by the International Development Secretary, Claire Short, who said she found it hard to forgive countries which denied women contraception and then prevented them from having safe abortions.
Mr Klink says he could only assume Ms Short was badly informed.
Despite the opposition, the final document signed at the conference:
Since 1960, the world's population has doubled to six billion, and there are predictions that it could rise to 10 billion by 2050.