Population Matters

Past campaigns

Past campaigns

2014 – 2015

In the run-up to the United Kingdom general election we provided tools constituents could use to lobby candidates on population.

Women discussing family planning

We continued to submit briefings on the United Nations post-2015 development agenda in order to make population targets integral to the sustainable development goals. Our campaign for a sustainable post-2015 world has also involved submissions to the United Kingdom All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.

We promoted the link between population and environmental degradation prior to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

2013 – 2014

As part of the Beyond 2015 alliance we pressed to have population issues included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal-setting process.

2012 – 2013

We took the lead in the development of the European Population Alliance, which links population concern organizations across Europe. Together the organizations submitted evidence to the European Union, United Nations and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on the consequences of and solutions for population growth.

Family Planning 2020

We continued to campaign and be a strong voice for the United Nations Family Planning 2020 program. As part of that effort, we submitted several papers on the benefits of family planning.

A United Kingdom House of Lords debate on the dangers of rapid population growth took place thanks to the hard work of one of our members who made use of materials we provide.

Following our lobbying, Friends of the Earth developed a more sustainable policy on population.

Before 2012

We and other organizations were heavily involved in calling for an alternative view on climate change for the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. We followed this with lobbying in the 2010 Cancun Climate Change Conference.

After the Royal Society decided to convene a working group on their People and the Planet report, we submitted several responses to their requests for public consultation. Several of our patrons were members of the group.