Ahead of this week's G8 summit, a Global Parliamentarians' Conference took place in London last week to focus the attention of key decisions on the need for prioritization of family planning in the new emerging development framework.
A blogpost has been published by Greenpeace International highlighting the significance of world population growth to sustainability, and the importance of investment in women’s rights, education and family planning.
After a difficult week of negotiations, a resolution was adopted at the 46th Commission on Population and Development reaffirming human rights of all migrants and the need to address women’s vulnerabilities in policies and programmes on international migration.
The High-Level Task Force for the implementation of ICPD Beyond 2014 has today made policy recommendations for realizing the commitments made at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
Urbanisation can accelerate progress towards the millennium development goals (MDGs), but careful planning is essential to prevent the growth of slums, pollution and crime that can derail achievements, according to a report on rural-urban dynamics and the MDGs.
Too Much Too Many follows David Johnson's six month South African road trip. This article provides a taster of the 100 articles he’s writing from 100 locations, each highlighting a different population or consumption impact on South Africa’s diverse communities, breathtaking landscapes and iconic wildlife.
A letter by PSN has been published in The Guardian, highlighting the potential for investment in voluntary family planning programmes to advance food security.
A new study published in The Lancet projects that by 2015, 233 million women worldwide who are married or in a union will have an unmet need for modern contraceptives, highlighting the drastic need for increased investments in family planning.
The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday.
The Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics convened this week in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and was attended by The Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA). The draft outcome document is now available, containing a number of recommendations and inputs from PSDA.
Negotiations end with agreement on ending violence against women at the fifty-seventh Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York, but civil society groups express concerns as sexual and reproductive health and rights and other issues prove contentious again.
PSN has contributed to a new position paper by EuroNGOs entitled "Addressing population dynamics in the post-2015 development framework: fulfilling rights, empowering women, investing in youth, advancing sustainable development."
An opinion piece by Sierra Club has highlighted a Population Health Environment (PHE) programme integrating family planning with with marine conservation, by Population and Sustainable Development Alliance member Path Foundation Philippines, Inc.
PSN and other representatives of the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance joined civil society representatives in Geneva this week for the population dynamics civil society global thematic consultation meeting.
The U.N. General Assembly has decided to hold a special session next year to assess implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, adopted by world leaders nearly two decades ago to slow population growth and advance reproductive health and rights.
PSN has contributed to a position paper on population dynamics in the post-2015 development agenda by the global civil society campaign Beyond2015.
The Executive Director of the UNFPA reflects on a reproductive health bill in the Philippines, which has taken 15 years to pass and will allow poor women access to affordable contraception for the first time.
A new study has highlighted that preference for sons in India is undermining desire for smaller families and slowing decline in population growth.
In another four decades, urban residents will account for 66 percent of the population in developing countries, says the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
Up to fifty per cent of all food produced worldwide goes to waste, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK) highlighting a crucial issue to be overcome if the increasing demands for food over coming decades are to be sustainably met.
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, has written an article reflecting on lessons from the recent UN climate change summit that adopted a decision to strengthen women's representation and participation in climate change negotiations.
The Guardian has named 2012 'the year abnormal weather became normal' in a review of the year's weather which records shrinking Arctic sea ice, record temperatures, flooding, droughts, hurricane Sandy and super-typhoon Bopha.
The Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA) has responded to several online discussions taking place as part of the thematic consultation on population dynamics in the post-2015 agenda.
The Doha climate change conference has closed, with agreement reached on a new climate deal that will see funds paid to poor nations for ‘loss and damage from climate change’, and with some nations, including Australia, Norway and the EU, signing up to new carbon-cutting targets.
Last week the PCCA, now known as the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA), held a seminar examining possibilities for integrating focus on population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights into the Sustainable Development Goals and post-2015 international development agenda.
Access to family planning is an essential human right that unlocks unprecedented rewards for economic development, says a new UNFPA report focusing on family planning, human rights and development.
In advance of the meetings in London this week of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 development agenda, PSN has produced a briefing note setting out key recommendations for the new development framework.
Biggest increase in coal usage for 50 years threatens to put climate change targets out of reach.
This week's international 'Day of the Girl' offers governments, the UN, and charities an opportunity to address a shocking - and growing - trend.
PSN has responded to an inquiry by the UK parliamentary International Development Committee (IDC), calling for increased focus on the neglected issues and perspectives of gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights and population dynamics within the emerging post-2015 development agenda.
The number of older persons is growing faster than any other age group, says a new report, released today on International Day of Older Persons by UNFPA and HelpAge International.
PSN has published a fact sheet outlining the rationale for increased investment in voluntary family planning programmes that respect and protect rights, updated with the latest data on unmet need for modern contraception and the benefits and cost-saving effects that addressing this unment need would bring.
A brief window of opportunity exists to shape the development of cities globally before a boom in infrastructure construction transforms urban land cover, according to a new study forecasting urban expansion to 2010 and impacts on biodiversity.
Population is growing more rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa than other regions of the world, making people more vulnerable to climate change impacts and undermining sustainable development on the continent, according to a new report by PAI and AFIDEP.
The world needs to find the equivalent of the flow of 20 Nile rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to feed a rising population and help avoid conflicts over water scarcity, a group of former leaders said on Monday.
Church and state lock horns over proposed family planning legislation that has reached parliament after years of wrangling.
Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050, according to research by some of the world's leading water scientists.
Today, 22 August, is Earth Overshoot Day, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature's budget for the year, warns the Global Footprint Network.
Asia must act now to pave the way for green, resource-friendly cities or face a bleak and environmentally degraded future, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report.
Population growth poses an imminent threat to the supply of water to key urban cities in the Andes, and will significantly exacerbate the impacts of climate change upon water security, according to a new study.
At the London Family Planning Summit yesterday PSN’s Karen Newman moderated an event co-hosted by Marie Stopes International and the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health Network on rights-based approaches to health.
Rich countries have pledged $2.6bn over the next eight years at today’s family planning summit in London, in what was described as a breakthrough for the world's poorest women and girls. The money, coupled with commitments from developing countries, is expected to provide access to family planning for 120 million women in the global south.
Ahead of the London Family Planning Summit taking place this week, leading medical journal The Lancet has published a Family Planning Series reviewing the evidence for the effects of population and family planning on people’s well-being and the environment.
Ahead of the London Family Planning Summit taking place next week, PSN has joined other members of the UK Network on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights in signing a supportive statement calling for the summit to exceed ambitions.
While attending the Rio+20 summit, PSN's Sarah Fisher participated in a visit to a community centre where young people where young people were learning about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, as reported in a blog by Nature journal.
Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, with one million dying or suffering serious injury, infection or disease due to pregnancy or childbirth every year, Save the Children said today in a report issued ahead of the London Family Planning Summit.
Rio de Janeiro - Hillary Rodham Clinton took a stand for women's reproductive rights during the Rio+20 United Nations conference on Friday, saying "women must be empowered to make decisions on whether and when to have children" if the world is to attain agreed-upon sustainable development goals.
Absence of reproductive rights reference in UN Women's call to action and the Rio+20 outcome document is 'a step backwards', says former Norway prime minister.
As world leaders convene in Rio de Janeiro for the final day of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development PSN’s Sarah Fisher reflects on the consensus document reached, having participated in the summit as part of the Population and Climate Change Alliance.
A new study by the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA has found that an estimated 222 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for contraception, and that progress in addressing unmet need has been very slow, with the number of women with an unmet need in the poorest 69 countries having increased.