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Population: Pro-Growth Demographic Dogma

By Joseph Chamie NEW YORK, Jan 20 2020 (IPS) – Whenever the issue of population comes up, pro-growth demographic dogma invariably dominates. Governments, political parties, businesses, the media and many others typically praise population growth and lament population slowdown, stabilization or decline. The demographic dogma basically advocates maintaining robust population growth and a larger and youthful population. Read More »

Empower young people to sustain planet for peace-prosperity

By Crystal Orderson We need to empower young people to sustain our planet, and let peace and prosperity thrive says UN’s Resident Co-ordinator in Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee speaks to IPS on reflections on the ICPD25 Summit. Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 15 2019 (IPS) – Q: At ICPD25 we heard that women and girls are still waiting for the unmet promises to ... Read More »

Thousands breathe new life at ICPD 25 Summit in Nairobi

By Joyce Chimbi Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 11 2019 (IPS) – Every day 830 women die while giving life. At least 33,000 girls are forced into child marriage with 11,000 girls undergoing female genital mutilation. These are some of the cruel realities young women face every day. However, there is renewed hope that delegates expected to attend the International Conference on ... Read More »

The world and the UN must reduce population growth

by Frank Götmark, Robin Maynard Gothenburg/London – On September 24-25, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to review progress toward the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs, which aim “to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all,” are commendable, and summarize the kind of world many of ... Read More »

Quarter of world’s population facing extreme water stress

Nearly a quarter of the world’s population lives in 17 countries facing extremely high water stress, close to “day zero” conditions when the taps run dry, according to a report released Tuesday. The World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas ranked water stress, drought risk and riverine flood risk using a peer-reviewed methodology. “Agriculture, industry, and municipalities are drinking up ... Read More »

Let’s talk about sex – and why power matters

By Dr Natalia Kanem UN, Jul 11 2019 (IPS) – Every year on World Population Day (July 11), UNFPA receives queries from journalists about the total number of people around the world. Numbers are indeed important because they help governments develop policies that respond to evolving needs for services such as education and health. Read More »

Unlock opportunities for sustainable development: UN Chief

UN, July 11 – As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and demographic trends – urging everyone to “unlock opportunities for those left behind and help pave the way for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for ... Read More »

Zero Population Growth vs Population Control

By Marian Starkey Washington, Jul 4 2019 (IPS) – Knowledge is power, but with the caveat that said knowledge is based on fact. Otherwise, it’s misinformation. I appreciate the journalism of IPS. Similarly, I respect and spend much of my time advocating for Americans to demand that the United States support the work of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Therefore, ... Read More »

Women’s rights are key in slowing down population

By Sivananthi Thanenthiran UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2019 (IPS) – The increase in world population by 2 billion in the next 30 years will present a serious global challenge especially if we do not find new paradigms of development thought and renewed global political leadership. Our region, the Asia and the Pacific region is already home to 60 per cent ... Read More »

Royal Bengal Tiger population in the Sundarbans rises to 114

Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – The number of Royal Bengal Tiger in Bangladesh part of the the Sundarbans has increased to 114 from 106.  Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin announced this on Wednesday while unveiling a report on ‘Second Phase Status of Tiger in Bangladesh Sundarbans 2018’. The second phase census began on December 1, 2016 ... Read More »

Over 200mn women still waiting for modern contraception

By Thalif Deen Ottawa, Canada, Oct 23 (IPS) – The international community will be commemorating two milestones in the history of population and development next year: the 50th anniversary of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the 25th anniversary of a Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. Read More »

Place for family planning advocacy in environmental work?

Robert Engelman Ask environmental leaders where voluntary family planning fits into their organizations’ missions and goals, and most will draw a blank. Their tasks are hard and often controversial enough without promoting expanded access to contraception, some might respond. Others might dismiss the importance of family planning with statements along the lines of “it’s not our numbers, but the way ... Read More »