It's been a while since we published our last newsletter, but that's not to say that we haven't been busy...
Since Karen Newman took over from Catherine Budgett-Meakin as Network Co-ordinator, a central focus of our work has been to increase PSN's profile within and beyond the sexual and reproductive health and rights community, as a voice for increasing awareness of the links between population dynamics and a variety of international development priorities, including climate change, poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability. The ultimate aim of this work is to achieve greater support for and investment in voluntary family planning programmes that respect and protect rights, as part of integrated and sustainable approaches to development.
We share with you in this newsletter some highlights and key achievements of the last year or so, including many exciting opportunities to promote international, collaborative working on population and sustainable development issues. To name just a few - our International Climate Change Symposium, work with the Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA), and preparations for Rio+20 as part of a UNFPA-convened group of civil-society organisations, plus new PSN resources.
From now on we'll be producing regular eNewsletters and are keen to feature more news from our Network members, as well as international news about population and sustainable development issues. Do send us suggestions - we want to hear from you!
Our staff team that coordinates the Network is based in our office in London. There have been some recent additions and changes to the staff team, including Sarah Fisher and Jane Remme, as well as to the PSN Board. To meet our new team members you can find information on our website, which has had a recent upgrade. So be sure to visit our website for much more news and resources.
We'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our many network members and supporters. Without your support we would not have achieved all that we have and we look forward to working with you more closely to extend our reach even further in the future.
On a final note, we hope to see you at the UCL and Leverhulme Trust Population Footprints Symposium taking place in London this month - further information is below.
Sarah Fisher, Research and Communications Officer & Karen Newman, Coordinator