Population and Sustainable Development Alliance

PSN is the Secretariat of the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA), a network of civil society organisations that work together on population, sexual and reproductive health and rights and sustainable development issues.

More information can be found on PSDA's website.

Who we are


Our members include:


The Population and Sustainable Development Alliance is committed to raising awareness about the connections between population dynamics, reproductive health and rights, the environment and sustainable development. We believe that population dynamics are of critical importance for securing integrated global sustainable development, and that several of them can be positively influenced through accelerating progress towards universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

PSDA seeks to promote and increase political and financial support for universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and for its integration into wider policy and programme development as a means of increasing resilience, advancing environmental sustainability and improving human health and well-being. PSDA works to foster constructive and accurate dialogue among policy-makers and civil society about population dynamics, climate change and other sustainable development issues, and to counter misinformation or oversimplification of these complex but critical relationships.


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View of deforested land near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

PSDA brings together organizations that:

  • Support a comprehensive vision of sexual and reproductive health and rights and speak out against family planning programmes which are coercive or which have the effect of reducing, not increasing individual women’s and men’s reproductive choices;
  • Understand the complex and sensitive nature of the linkages between population dynamics, consumption and sustainable development issues, and advocate for a focus on population dynamics in ways that respect and protect human rights. 
  • Advocate for increased access to information, education and services which advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of global solidarity within which developed nations make significant efforts to reduce consumption and also support the developing world in their efforts to develop and to adapt to climate change and build resilience to other environment problems.

The alliance is made up of a diverse range of organisations with various areas of focus, including organisations that:

  • Undertake advocacy at the national and/or international level, reflecting the importance of SRHR not only in its own right, but also as a means for building resilience and advancing sustainable development.
  • Work at the community level in integrated programmes combining the provision of voluntary family planning and other reproductive services with conservation and other sustainable development initiatives.
  • Conduct research and policy work relating to the connections between population, reproductive health, the environment and development.

Background and activities

water security climate change

Women walk to a nearby pond to collect drinking water in Khuri, Rajasthan, India. © 2006 Sandipan Majumdar, Courtesy of Photoshare.

Until late 2012 the alliance was known as the Population and Climate Change Alliance (PCCA), as alliance members first came together to raise awareness of the linkages between population and climate change. In its early days, the PCCA was particularly active around the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit (COP15) in October 2009.

Since COP15, in 2010 PSN took on the Secretariat of the alliance and the PCCA has grown to encompass additional NGOs, and membership of the alliancehas continued to grow.

Most recent activities of the alliance have focused on ensuring consideration of population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development that took place in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, and within the emerging post-2015 international development framework.

Further information about PSDA can be found on the PSDA website.