The National Population Council (NPC) has called on government to institute family planning as a human right policy in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially goal four. In a statement to mark this year’s World Population Day, the Northern Regional Secretariat of the NPC said, the Council believed it would not be a misplaced priority if the government considered family planning as a human right and commit to ensuring that human rights were incorporated in the Family Planning policies. The statement said parents have the basic human rights to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children linked to the SDGs, particularly eradicating extreme poverty, hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, empowering women and ensuring environmental sustainability. It said the Northern Region has a total population of 2,468,557 comprising 1,229,887 males and 1,249,574 females with teenage pregnancy as a major challenge. The statement indicated that “In the Region 2.2 per cent of women aged 15-19 were pregnant with first child whiles the maiden age at first marriage is 18.7, the lowest in the country”. Highlighting on the national theme: “Family planning is a human, right an imperative to sustainable economic development”, and stressed need for focusing on reducing fertility rate and number of dependency on working groups to ensure rapid economic growth. The statement said “A high population growth means a high economic expenditure. The several efforts of government at achieving a projected growth in the economy by 3.8 per cent may be challenged if the population continues to grow so rapidly. Family planning should therefore take centre stage in all our developmental programmes”.