Population Matters Update

Population awareness

A recent United Nations report on the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action recognises the clear links between sexual and reproductive health and rights, population dynamics and sustainable development.

Jonathan Adair Turner

Jonathan Adair Turner, Baron Turner of Ecchinswell has made a strong case for stabilisation of the global population. He is a British businessman, an academic and a member of the UK's Financial Policy Committee. He formerly was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Pensions Commission and Committee on Climate Change.

The UK Ministry of Defence has warned of the consequences of continued population growth for global security. Large numbers of young people with limited prospects make for uncertain times.

Annual net migration to the UK rose by one third to 243,000 from 1 March 2013 to 1 March 2014 after falling in the previous one-year period. Migration from Eastern Europe more than made up for restrictions on individuals from outside of the European Union.

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Family planning & women's rights

With 500 days until the completion deadline of the Millennium Development Goals, the UNFPA has published a roadmap showing how to make progress on one of the most important of the goals — women's sexual and reproductive health.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran has further limited reproductive rights in order to increase the birth rate and limit the ageing of society. This is disappointing as Iran was a leader in promoting smaller families in the past.

Teenage pregnancies in England and Wales have hit a record low, but are still proportionally higher than those in most other European countries. Further progress should be possible as rates vary widely by area.

Sexual Health Week in the UK is 15 - 21 September; 26 September is World Contraception Day; and the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion is 28 September.

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Environmental conservation

Earth Overshoot Day 2014, the day on which global consumption exceeded the predicted production from renewable resources for the entire year, was 19 August. For the rest of the year, we will be relying on nonrenewables — something that is clearly not sustainable.

Bourtange, Netherlands

There are some great satellite pictures of human development available online. The patterns are appealing, but the consequences are not.

The Lancet is inviting submission of reports on research addressing global environmental change, ecosystem impairment or the health of human civilisations.

World leaders are going to meet at United Nations headquarters in New York City for Climate Summit 2014 on 23 September. There is an online petition urging the leaders to take strong action and marches will be held in cities around the world on 21 September.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Action 2015 is a new campaign in which population activists should consider participating.


The United Nations Population Fund is urging us all to invest in youth — and take a selfie.

The cost of childrearing has risen to £80,000 in the UK and $250,000 in the US.

The World Wildlife Fund is providing seven important tips for reducing your carbon footprint. Tell them which one they missed.

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We are planning to publicise population in the People's Climate March in London on 21 September. Come if you can.

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