Programmes Overview

PSN undertakes a range of activities and programmes which contribute to the work of the network to clarify and increase awareness of the importance for sustainable development of both population and consumption factors.

Introduction

Our Sustainable Development and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Programme, underpins the core work of the network to facilitate dialogue and collaboration across the development, environment and reproductive health sectors. Additional programmes focus on the relationship between population and reproductive health and rights issues to specific development priorities.

A theme throughout each of our programmes is to promote the wide-ranging benefits and cost-saving effects of family planning, with the aim of increasing investment in family planning programmes that respect and protect rights.

Sustainable Development and MDGs Programme

Food aid distribution, Sudan
Credit: UN Photo/Tim McKulka

PSN's overarching programme seeks to increase awareness of the significance of population dynamics and reproductive health and rights to sustainable development, and for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. In 2011, world population passed the seven billion mark; whether or not the global population in 2100 is 15.8 billion, 10.1 billion or 6.2 billion will have major implications for all of the international development challenges, including those related to poverty elimination, food and water security, and adapting to the effects of climate change.1 It should be noted that the high fertility variant assumes a fertility of half a child higher than the medium variant, while the low variant assumes a fertility of half a child lower than the medium variant.

As part of this programme PSN is working to ensure that the emerging post-2015 international development framework that succeeds the MDGs recognises and reflects the critical importance of addressing unsustainable trends in both population dynamics and consumption. Demography is not destiny; achieving universal reproductive health, including access to family planning programmes that respect and protect human rights, can and must play a role in ensuring a sustainable future for all.

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Population and Climate Change Programme

Polluting chimneys
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This programme seeks to increase awareness of the complex and controversial linkages between population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health and rights and climate change.

Through the Population and Climate Change Alliance and other initiatives PSN seeks to encourage balanced and progressive debate on these issues in order to advance the integration of population dynamics and reproductive health programming with climate change policy, as one of the many strategies necessary for increasing climate resilience.

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Population and Biodiversity Programme

Wheat
Credit: UN Photo/Forte

This new programme of PSN’s explores the ways that population dynamics influence and biodiversity loss. Seeking to promote conservation strategies that address both the role of population dynamics and unsustainable patterns of consumption as the underlying drivers of biodiversity loss, the programme works to highlight the conservation potential of integrated approaches addressing the interrelationships between population, health and the environment.

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References

  1. The UN High, Medium and Low variant population projections from the 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects