Posts Tagged: population


Don’t Have Time to Read 47 Pages on Post-2015 Development? Read This.  

The long-awaited synthesis report on the post-2015 agenda from the Secretary General of the United Nations (U.N.) was released yesterday. This report ushers in the final chapter of the post-2015 development agenda-setting. This rather flowery 47-page report seeks to capture hearts and minds of member states with a vision for the future. While it doesn’t provide much… Read more »

Condoms Fight Climate Change, but Nobody Wants to Talk About It   

“Achieving universal access to family planning throughout the world would result in fewer unintended pregnancies, improve the health and well-being of women and their families and slow population growth, all benefits to climate compatible development.” Read more here .

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Indonesia’s family planning program: From stagnation to revitalization  

Developing countries aiming to build strong family planning programs often look to Indonesia as a model — and with good reason. For years, Indonesia had one of the strongest and most successful national family planning initiatives in the world. With the backing of Muslim leaders, the country doubled its contraceptive prevalence rate to nearly 60 percent between 1976 and 2002, and halved its fertility rate from 5.6 to 2.6 children per woman. This undoubtedly helped lay the groundwork for Indonesia’s rapid and impressive annual economic growth of at least 5 percent since 1980.

I Went to UNGA, and All I Got Were These Five Questions    

As the dust settles on an exciting United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly, A. Tianna Scozzaro of PAI reflects on all that went down last week, and what it means for the post-2015 development process moving forward.

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The obvious relationship between climate and family planning — and why we don’t talk about it  

Recently, Robert Engelman and Samuel Codjoe published an article at Grist titled, “Hey, UN: Climate Change and Population are related.” They pointed out the fact that the United Nations would soon be hosting back-to-back conferences about population and climate change respectively, and they lamented that neither conference would likely address the concerns of the other. “That will be a missed opportunity,” they said, “because scientific research increasingly affirms that the two issues are linked in many ways.” Engelman and Codjoe are not the only ones asking for a more open conversation about the relationship between family planning, population, and climate change.


On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming  

The United Nations and the streets of Manhattan are going into global warming saturation mode, from Sunday’s People’s Climate March through the Tuesday climate change summit convened by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and on through an annual green-energy event called Climate Week. Largely missed in much of this, as always seems the case with climate change discussions, is the role of population growth in contributing both to rising emissions of greenhouse gases and rising vulnerability to climate hazards in poor places with high fertility rates (think sub-Saharan Africa).

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A Tale of Two Panels  

How challenging will it be to feed the world’s population in 2050? Depends on how many people there are in 2050. And that number depends on a lot of things – not least of which is how many women are empowered to choose their family size with the help of modern contraception.

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Worldwatch’s Bob Engleman: Pop-Environment Links  

As global environmental change accelerates, understanding how population dynamics affect the environment is more important than ever. It seems obvious that human-caused climate change has at least something to do with the quadrupling of world population over the last 100 years. But the evidence that slower population growth is good for the environment – logical… Read more »