Mission & Aims


PSN is an international network bringing together development, environment and reproductive health organisations, government departments and policy research organisations to clarify and increase awareness of the importance of both population and consumption factors for sustainable development.

Our mission


Our mission is to increase the prominence of population dynamics in international development policy and to raise support for and investment in voluntary family planning and reproductive health services that respect and protect rights as part of wider sustainable development priorities and integrated approaches.

PSN aims:


  • To increase awareness of the critical relationships between population, reproductive health and environment, highlighting the significance of population dynamics, including population growth, ageing, urbanisation and migration for sustainable development.

  • To highlight the impacts of unsustainable population growth upon a range of development priorities, including poverty alleviation, food and water security, gender equality, climate change and environmental sustainability.

  • To facilitate accurate and sensitive dialogue on population matters, removing barriers that inhibit discussion and action.

  • To  promote access to reproductive healthcare services, including voluntary family planning for all, calling attention to the vast unmet need for contraception that exists worldwide, particularly in the world’s poorest countries.

  • To encourage approaches focused on both population and consumption, achieving understanding that address of both these factors is necessary, and complementary.


An overview of the rationale for increasing investment in family planning programmes, which is a highly cost-effective strategy with the potential to contribute to a wide-range of development priorities, is presented here.

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