A 7 Billion World edition

The world's population reaching 7 billion marked a critical milestone for humanity, and one that has helped draw attention to the issues at the very core of PSN's work.

PSN marked the occasion with an event at the UK Houses of Parliament, Population and Climate Change in a World of 7 Billion. Joining with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, and the UCL Institute for Global Health, we launched two publications; PSN's Report of the International Policy Symposium on Population Dynamics, Reproductive Health and Rights and Climate Change, and The UCL & Leverhulme Trust Population Footprints Symposium Report.

A shared, resounding message of these reports is that both population and consumption issues are important to the very real environmental issues we face. PSN will continue to work to increase understanding of this message and to promote integrated approaches to sustainable development, knowing that advancing reproductive health and rights in tandem with efforts to reduce consumption will be more effective than focusing on either 'population' or 'consumption' alone.

Read on to learn more about this event and the new resources.

We'd also like to welcome our new network members: Blue Ventures, Community Health Africa Trust (CHAT), Partners for Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO) and Population Health Environment (PHE) Ethiopia Consortium. PSN has already had the benefit of working with these organisations on various exciting and valuable initiatives so we're delighted these organisations are now part of the network and we look forward to working with you further in the future.

Population and Sustainability Network


PSN News

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Population and climate change in a world of 7 billion: New publications launched

PSN, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, and the UCL Institute for Global Health, held a reception in the UK Houses of Parliament launching PSN's Report of an International Symposium on Population Dynamics, Reproductive Health and Rights and Climate Change, and the UCL & Leverhulme Trust's Population Footprints Report. 

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Putting population and reproductive rights on the Rio+20 agenda

PSN and the Population and Climate Change Alliance have submitted input to the draft outcome document for next year's Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference, calling for renewed attention to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of sustainable development approaches. 


International News

... sharing key population and sustainability news and developments.

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World headed for irreversible climate change in five years

Unless the world's high-carbon energy infrastructure is dramatically changed over the next five years, the chance of combating dangerous climate change will be "lost for ever", according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. 

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The world is home to 7 billion people but how far have we come?

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, writing on The Guardian website, argues that the population milestone is a reminder that there is much work to do on sexual and reproductive health if the Millennium Development Goals are to be achieved.

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Women's groups welcome UN Rapporteur's report on the right to health

A ground-breaking report from the UN Rapporteur on health calling on states to decriminalize abortion and remove all legal restrictions to women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, has been welcomed by women’s and human rights groups worldwide.


New Resources

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PSN RH Reality Check article: People, population and climate change

Writing for the 7 Billion People Series of the popular US website RH Reality Check, PSN highlights the opportunities that exist to advance both reproductive justice and climate justice by increasing access to rights-based family planning services. 


NGOs Beyond 2014 website

With 2014 fast approaching, The Commonwealth Medical Trust has launched a website for NGOs for discussion of the 20-year review of implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and plans for moving forward.


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PSN fact sheet: Benefits and cost-saving effects of family planning

A new fact sheet from PSN presents key statistics underlining the rationale for increased investment in voluntary family planning programmes that respect and protect rights. 


Get Involved

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Join us, donate and more ways to get involved

We are always keen to hear from organisations that are interested in becoming more involved in the network. There's new information on our website about a range of ways of getting involved, including as a network member or individual supporter, as well as information about specific priority projects for which we are seeking funds.